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Dances With Wolves Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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The important issues raised by the film- centered on the cultural, racial and moral struggle that took place on the American frontier-are glossed over in favor of a juvenile fantasy of male bonding around the campfire.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

In an age when most movies are made by people who used to shoot commercials or music videos, the panoramic vistas of Dances with Wolves are an enjoyable reminder of the potential of the big screen.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This collective array of talent has yielded a western that is at once original and traditional. Dances With Wolves looks back to the masterworks of the past and, with its relevance to our present, it deserves to be ranked with them.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

January 13, 2014
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun

Dances With Wolves runs a fraction more than three hours but justifies its running time.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2014
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

To say this movie is sporadically artful is to say that it is more interesting than most films around these days. But it is still a failure, if a glorious one.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

January 13, 2014
David Parkinson
Radio Times

This is a marvel from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

January 13, 2014
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Once in a long time, a movie speaks to the truths of U.S. history and causes the filmgoer to see past events in a new light. Dances With Wolves is such a movie.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

January 13, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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A slow-moving but well-acted western.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

January 13, 2014
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
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Dances With Wolves is a clear-eyed vision. Authentic as an Edward Curtis photograph, lyrical as a George Catlin oil or a Karl Bodmer landscape, this is a film with a pure ring to it.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 22, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Costner tells a personal story that never loses touch with the vast Western spaces encompassing and defining it. Dances With Wolves is an epic that breathes. And it's a beauty.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

February 22, 2013

Total Film

For all its worthiness and pictorial beauty, the narrative is damaged somewhat by Costner's over-cautious, sentimentalised portrait of the Sioux as early eco-warriors.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 22, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

This is a western in the grand tradition, smoothly directed by Kevin Costner, who also gives a sensitive performance in the leading role. The screenplay is often trite, however.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

February 22, 2013
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Costner went for broke with his large-scale, Panavision epic... [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2011
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a nuanced and thoughtful portrayal of cultures both clashing and finding common ground

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 4/4

January 22, 2011
Brian Orndorf

Dances with Wolves is as genuine an artistic triumph as they come; a spellbinding American classic that tastes the tears of a country in the midst of all its incomparable beauty.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

January 20, 2011
R. L. Shaffer

A masterful, painstakingly crafted adventure about the nature of acceptance, and the tragedy of human nature.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 10/10

January 16, 2011
Maria Llull
Common Sense Media

A grand, sweeping journey of the heart.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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As a director, Costner is alive to the sweep of the country and the expansive spirit of the western-movie tradition.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 20, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Plodding, simplistic and overlong politically correct Western epic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

March 2, 2008


The film's real joy rests in Costner's meticulous attention to historical detail, creating a world that is both moving and credible.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 20, 2008
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