Legends of the Fall - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Legends of the Fall Reviews

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
April 2, 2014
At first, the picture plays like East of Eden with a bonus brother; it gets sillier as it goes.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 2, 2014
The actors fit their roles exceptionally well, but Zwick rarely allows them the kinds of crucial, intimate moments that establish how the characters feel about each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 2, 2014
A weird melodramatic epic -- Bonanza crossbred with the kind of novel that uses Fabio on the cover.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2014
While the production is attractive in a calendar-photo sort of way, there's not a speck of genuine feeling in its glossy images.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 2, 2014
Just when it starts to seem as if Legends might just turn into a pretty good movie, along comes some tired, soap-opera plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 2, 2014
The real star, however, is John Toll's Oscar-winning cinematography, which is equally at home with the stunning beauty of the mountainous terrain and the killing fields of war-torn France.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2014
Check your cynicism at the door, and just revel in its enormity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 2, 2014
Bloated as a TV miniseries two nights too long, Legends of the Fall is stiff and uninteresting.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 2, 2014
It's a big movie that's so small on the inside it's not there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 2, 2014
There's a vast psychodrama being played out on the Ludlow ranch, battles between generations, philosophies, races and sexes. And the landscapes, photographed by John Toll, majestically backdrop all the personal and cultural furies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2014
Everything about Legends of the Fall shouts epic filmmaking and it is not an altogether unpleasant sound.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
April 2, 2014
It either sweeps you up in its rapturous emotional wake or -- and it's a big or -- you just sit there and snicker. I found myself alternately doing both, though fortunately more of the former than the latter.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Under such labored circumstances, James Horner's music must work overtime. It swoops and broods and promises you that something elemental about manliness is being conveyed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Tween girls will swoon over this tear-jerker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 14, 2009
[Pitt] casts such a saintly, beatific sheen over the proceedings that he seems to glow from within.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film4
August 14, 2009
The part is a gift for Brad: he's a cowboy, soldier, adventurer and wanderer; impossibly glamourous and ludicrously far-fetched.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 14, 2009
Edward Zwick, the director, and Susan Shilliday and Bill Wittliff, the screenwriters, are under the impression that they are bringing forth a tragic epic, not a silly melodrama...
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
As densely plotted as Legends of the Fall is, it's to the credit of the performers and craftsmen that the film escapes the abyss of melodrama and sentimentality.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 15, 2007
A semi-successful attempt at grand, schmaltzy romantic melodrama, in the manner of 1950s movies like Giant and other works based on literature. Hopkins is hammy as the patriarch but Aidan Quinn and particularly Brad Pitt as his sons at least look right.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The entire film plays like a commercial for Brad Pitt. You can imagine half the audience wondering, 'Where can I get one of those?'
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