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High Plains Drifter Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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As a director, Eastwood is not as good as he seems to think he is. As an actor, he is probably better than he allows himself to be.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 26, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
James Rocchi

There's some nice action here, and the whole thing is cloaked in an archetypal spookiness that makes High Plains Drifter work not only as a 'man with no name' Western but also as something a little deeper.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Dark, bloody, and uncompromising; the ultimate deconstruction of the Western genre.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2002
Brian Orndorf

Mysterious, sporadically comical, and classically Eastwood, High Plains Drifter is a wholly satisfying revenge saga that's askew enough to surprise as it exercises known elements.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

November 23, 2013
Cole Smithey

Savory Eastwood western.

| Original Score: 5/5

November 14, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Clint Eastwood's first Western as director is rather fascinating due to its quasi-supernatural component.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

July 3, 2009
Variety Staff
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Eastwood's second directorial effort is mechanically stylish.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 21, 2008
Christopher Null

Clint Eastwood's second film as a director -- and his first western -- is a minor classic.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2005
Derek Adams
Time Out
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This was supposed to be Eastwood's fond adieu to the worlds of Sergio Leone and Don Siegel; and indeed he cuts the operatic excess of the former with the punchy economy of the latter.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Carlo Cavagna

the universal story in its most basic form

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Clint's a supernatural amoral mythical hero (of the pulp novel kind), bent on cruelty and getting revenge for a past misdeed.

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

March 16, 2005
Susan Granger

| Original Score: 3/5

July 28, 2007
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus

High Plains Drifter will make an excellent double bill along with Eastwood's other post-modern Western, the 1992 Unforgiven.

Full Review Source: Movie Gurus | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2003
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Paint the town red, Clint. It's your strangest and one of your best westerns.

| Original Score: 5/5

October 15, 2004

This film is hardcore. Not hardcore as in lots of blood and guts, but more in that it's just plain nasty. Everyone therein is nasty, and the hero is the nastiest man in the flick.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A shaky sophomore effort ... Eastwood would direct a far superior Western, The Outlaw Josey Wales, three years later.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2005
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A funny, brutal, scary movie, daringly surreal in its mix of Western and horror themes.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine

January 1, 2000
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