Dances With Wolves Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 7, 2003
Despite its empathy and respect for Native Americans, the film has very little going for it besides its admittedly majestic trappings.
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
Sincere, capable, at times moving, but overextended, this picture is seriously hampered by its tendency to linger over everything -- especially landscapes with silhouetted figures, and not excluding its own good intentions.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
May 5, 2007
The political correctness is so politically correct and sappy and sucky and conscience-appeasing and politically-pacifying and just generally brain-numbing
Full Review | Original Score: 55/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 2, 2008
Plodding, simplistic and overlong politically correct Western epic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 10, 2007
An epic film that without its lead might have been better.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeet Thayil
Rediff.com
August 27, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Its triumph is that it is never exactly boring, only dulled. It's a movie in acute need of sharpening.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 13, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 9, 1990
[A] beautiful and soft-headed frontier epic, which looks at Native Americans through New Age-colored glasses.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 5, 2007
Not a great film by any standard, this is a western for people who are completely ignorant about the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
February 21, 2015
[Dances With Wolves] is so evocative of the sweep and lyricism of the American West that it could be pegged as the cinematic equivalent of a Frederic Remington painting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
January 13, 2014
Dances With Wolves runs a fraction more than three hours but justifies its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 13, 2014
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 13, 2014
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.
Maria Llull
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A grand, sweeping journey of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A simple story, magnificently told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It's a rousing adventure, a touching romance, and a stirring drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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