• Unrated, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Western, Classics
  • Directed By:    Samuel Fuller
  • In Theaters:    Feb 26, 1949 Wide
  • On DVD:    Aug 21, 2007
  • Criterion Collection

I Shot Jesse James Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
July 26, 2010


TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 12, 2010

Fuller uses effective close-ups in this stylish western, giving a fresh psychological twist to familiar narrative ground.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Variety Staff
Top Critic
March 5, 2009

While Preston Foster and Barbara Britton carry star roles, it's John Ireland, as the notorious Bob Ford, who dominates the story.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 4, 2008

The focus of this delightfully perverse character study Western is not on Jesse James, but on Bob Ford being a man cursed by his infamy as a Judas figure.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Thomas M. Pryor
New York Times
Top Critic
December 12, 2007

A commonplace movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 30, 2007

Fuller points out the absurdity of the entire concept of modern myth-making, and kicks off the grand tradition of subversive neo-Westerns.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

Time Out
Top Critic
August 25, 2007

As such, more a psychological drama (emphasised by the use of close-up) than a Western, and a highly original film.

Christopher Null
August 25, 2007

Interesting mainly because it's Samuel Fuller's first film, showing off a few of his trademark touches -- but not enough to make the movie stand on its own.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
August 22, 2007

Fuller goes deeper into his protagonist's tortured psyche, uncovering a sublimated sense of love that only finds expression as climax to his death rattle.

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