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The Hi-Lo Country (1998)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 15

The actors fail to live up to the archetypes they portray.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 9

The actors fail to live up to the archetypes they portray.



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Acclaimed director Stephen Frears helms the film version of the admired novel that for years Sam Peckinpah tried to get made. The film is an intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy are masters of the prairie, but ultimately face trickier terrain: the human heart. Patricia Arquette co-stars as the woman who will eventually come between the two men.


Drama, Action & Adventure

Max Evans, Walon Green

Jun 29, 1999

Gramercy Pictures

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (15) | DVD (1)

Everything is in place for a mythic drama, except the players, who don't begin to fill the boots of the archetypes they're meant to be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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An outstanding performance by Woody Harrelson!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
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An ultimately overwrought project!

January 1, 2000
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High quality, beautifully shot!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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For a film about grand passions, there is no fire to this film.

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September 19, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Strong and heart-felt performances by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson make Hi-Lo Country an immensely appealing drama.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A nostalgia trip in more ways than one, successfully recalling the days when meaty westerns were a frequent part of the movies' bill of fare.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Let this tumbleweed roll on by!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A large, brawling, lusty film which boasts nothing short of mythic resonance!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Interesting and often entertaining!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Rambling and stunningly photographed!

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Hi-Lo Country

A miss from the usually stellar Frears. Slow moving and dull. The uninspired acting from everybody but Woody doesn't help.
August 1, 2013
jay nixon

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great movie.
December 25, 2007
Leo L

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