The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Reviews

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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008

One of the most meticulously detailed and original biopics ever made.

Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 14, 2008

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Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
January 4, 2008

Moseying along for 160 minutes, this revisionist western by writer-director Andrew Dominik makes a wan attempt to present the Jesse James legend as the dawn of celebrity culture in America.

Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
December 24, 2007

Casey Affleck's performance as the awkward, awed, angry man-child carries this film, but never hogs it. It's probably too subtle and generous to get Oscar's attention, but at least the Golden Globes caught on.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 10, 2007

A sprawling, melancholy epic anti-Western.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Bill Weber
Stylus Magazine
December 1, 2007

This watchable but indulgent curio blings up the petty vanities and ambitions of the criminal class, and lays greater themes in their graves.

Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 30, 2007

For all its intended depth and psychological realism, which at its best carries reminders of the work of Terrence Malick, there's a fake myth-making quality to it that, because of its inordinate length, could be mistaken for grandeur.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
November 30, 2007

Compared to Walter Hill's 1980 movie The Long Riders, also about the James gang, this feels an underpowered affair. Indeed, compared to Dominik's own previous movie, Chopper (2000), it is impossibly meek.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
November 30, 2007

Above all, there's the sense of immersion in a world of harsh beauty whose time is running out. It's to be hoped that non-American audiences embrace this film: it's one of the year's very best.

Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 30, 2007

Affleck and Pitt have prime charge of the tale's humanity and vitality. The first has nervous headlamp eyes and a wheedling, accosting intensity: he is like a homeless pet you would feel sorry for up to the moment it bit you.

Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 30, 2007

A tremendously stylish, intelligent retelling of western myth.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sun Online
November 30, 2007

The name everyone will be talking about after seeing this movie is Casey Affleck.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
November 30, 2007

Andrew Dominik's sensational film debags a cherished idol. Tyrone Power, Robert Wagner and Roy Rogers famously played Jesse James like Robin Hood. Brad Pitt plays him like a poisonous Mr Hyde.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
November 30, 2007

While well-crafted and beginning and ending well, for the most part it's like waiting for a tumbleweed to blow across an airless prairie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Daniel Etherington
Film4
November 30, 2007

A graceful, intelligent movie, and one that gives Casey Affleck a chance to really shine.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
November 29, 2007

Paced like a Terrence Malick or Stanley Kubrick film it will not appeal to everyone, but for those accustomed to using their eyes, ears and brains at the movies this is a magnificent experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stella Papamichael
BBC.com
November 29, 2007

Apparently, all the world needs a hero and there is nobody better than Brad Pitt, with all his untouchable starriness, to fill those boots.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Salisbury
Total Film
November 29, 2007

The running time and pacing may scare some, but Dominik has crafted an instant classic, with poetic visuals, sensational performances and a true love for the genre. Magnificent.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
November 27, 2007

In a case where the most dangerous are kept dangerously close, here we have a rarity: a suspenseful, yet dramatic Western.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
November 17, 2007

The plot's restless shifts in point of view mean that significant action and mere movement become hopelessly confused with one another.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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