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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A solid, if overrated, Ford western, one with its share of cliches and predictability. It's still fascinating to watch Wayne and Stewart deal with hellion Marvin in a changing West.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 29, 2013
Richard Luck
Film4

John Ford's last great film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is also one of the last classic Westerns to come out of Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 29, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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There's much to say about it; the simplest is that it's both the most romantic of Westerns and the greatest American political movie.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 29, 2013
Christopher Null
Contactmusic.com

The Citizen Kane of westerns.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 29, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There is a purity to the John Ford style. His composition is classical. He arranges his characters within the frame to reflect power dynamics -- or sometimes to suggest a balance is changing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

December 30, 2011
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

The best film about bullying ever made.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

December 9, 2010
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The movie does not offer a clean-cut look at morality and heroes, who emerge from a reluctant position, but it does draw a definitive line between good and evil.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...an appropriate tribute to the passing of the Old West, and a fitting salute to the films of screen legend John Ford.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

May 17, 2009
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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A great film, rich in thought and feeling, composed in rhythms that vary from the elegiac to the spontaneous.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 24, 2009
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Superb John Ford--a western classic--with strong Wayne, Stewart, Marvin in tow.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 10, 2009
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

A remarkably complex and nuanced take on the Western.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A-

October 29, 2008
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Remarkable John Ford Western.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

August 8, 2008
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

| Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 5/5

November 20, 2007
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 13, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

In one of his last (good) Westerns, John Ford draws even more explicitly the contrast between charismatic and legal authority, between the Wilderness of the West (John Wayne) and the values of the Civilization (Jimmy Stewart, from the East).

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

December 25, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

In their final Western together, Wayne and Ford gave the past a resounding send-off.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

March 3, 2006
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Ford's purest and most sustained expression of the familiar themes of the passing of the Old West, the conflict between the untamed wilderness and the cultivated garden, and the power of myth.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

My favorite movie of all time

| Original Score: 5/5

May 26, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2005
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