Major Dundee Reviews

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 8, 2008
Very disappointing Peckinpah western "classic" is not even near such.
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 30, 2006
An offbeat and sometimes jumbled western adventure film sees Heston as a Union officer in charge of a jail in the Southwest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2005
Sam Peckinpah's crippled film plays best as a dry run for The Wild Bunch.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 23, 2005
It's an ode to the unstable, explosive force that was Sam Peckinpah, as well as to the powerful studio system that crushed him and kept him down.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 17, 2005
Peckinpah's Western, starring Charlton Heston, is compromised due to studio interverence, but it still has merits
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 11, 2005
This restored version demonstrates is that while it remains an uneven work, it has flashes of brilliance as well as a general air of competence, even elegance in storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2005
Giddy-up, Western lovers. This one is worth the return engagement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 2, 2005
It's one of those flawed, fascinating films that are somehow more intriguing than many a smooth-cheeked blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2005
No true Peckinpah-lover should pass it by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 29, 2005
Major Dundee, not a great movie but a great star-driven, big budget 1965 studio western, is back in all its fractured glory and confidence.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 23, 2005
They don't make movies or movie directors like this anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 22, 2005
It's richer and more interesting, partly because some motivations have been cleared up, partly because the music isn't a burden and partly because we now can see that this was all leading to the creation of a truly great film four years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2005
The new Dundee plugs some of the story holes but, sadly, it's still a plodding affair that's low on plausible character motivation and compelling action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
April 21, 2005
Testosterone Valhalla ... This newly restored version proves to be one of the most purely enjoyable, least thorny examples of [Peckinpah's] work.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 20, 2005
The restored version becomes a near masterpiece--a most powerful but fragmented western of epic proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2005
Still a mess of great scenes sprinkled among some fairly monotonous action. But it's never completely dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 14, 2005
It's half a great movie.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2005
It's hard to imagine The Wild Bunch having the depth and grace it did without Peckinpah having this experience to draw on, and for that masterful film alone we're grateful to have Major Dundee back among the living again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 14, 2005
...it is still incomplete - permanently so, since crucial scenes were never even shot - and the seams show.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 14, 2005
The 12 minutes excised from the preview version have been recovered, and they go a long way toward clarifying some of the film's murkier passages.
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