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

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I Shot Jesse James Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Arresting

Full Review Source: CinePassion

July 26, 2010

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2010
Variety Staff
Variety
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While Preston Foster and Barbara Britton carry star roles, it's John Ireland, as the notorious Bob Ford, who dominates the story.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 5, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

October 4, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

September 30, 2007

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

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 25, 2007
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door

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.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

August 22, 2007
Thomas M. Pryor
New York Times
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A commonplace movie.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 12, 2007
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 25, 2007
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