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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
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John Ford and the writers have somewhat overplayed their hands. They have taken a disarmingly simple and affecting premise, developed it with craft and skill to a natural point of conclusion, and then have proceeded to run it into the ground.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

John Ford's most complete vision about the passing of the Old West.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 7, 2003
A.H. Weiler
New York Times
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A basically honest, rugged and mature saga has been sapped of a great deal of effect by an obvious, overlong and garrulous anticlimax.

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

May 9, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2005
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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Along with The Searchers, it represents John Ford at his most accomplished. And it is one of the best Westerns Hollywood has ever produced.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 9, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 5/5

November 12, 2004
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

John Ford deftly deconstructs the very Western icons he helped create.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2002
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 5/5

November 20, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Ford's] greatest film.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Contactmusic.com

The Citizen Kane of westerns.

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

April 29, 2013
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

John Ford at his dark and brooding best. Lee Marvin is great. Stewart is too old to play the young lawyer. Wayne is solid. A Valentine to the West that was found only in legend

| Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2002
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

My favorite movie of all time

| Original Score: 5/5

May 26, 2005
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 13, 2007
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
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
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