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Major Dundee Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
June 18, 2005
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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.
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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
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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
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
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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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Todd McCarthy
April 11, 2005
It's gratifying to see Sony expending such effort on an important but admittedly second-tier picture.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 8, 2005
The movie still isn't great, but it's an important remonstration to that oldest of all studio-system curses: the producer who thinks he's more creative than the director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 7, 2005
Sam Peckinpah's famously butchered 1965 western, Major Dundee, has been returned to the big screen in a form that is closer to the director's original vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 6, 2005
At its best you can feel Peckinpah, at the twilight of the studio era, dreaming of a far wilder bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 5, 2005
Peckinpah's first patently runaway-train production seems less a restored classic than a missing link in the breakdown of Hollywood genre hegemony.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Charlton Heston is the cavalry officer assigned to eliminate Apache resistance; Peckinpah makes a fine, ironic use of his stentorian presence in what becomes a very grubby context.