The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
July 7, 2010
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 7, 2003
John Ford's most complete vision about the passing of the Old West.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 30, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 9, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 3, 2006
In their final Western together, Wayne and Ford gave the past a resounding send-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
John Ford deftly deconstructs the very Western icons he helped create.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 29, 2013
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.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 20, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
[Ford's] greatest film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Contactmusic.com
April 29, 2013
The Citizen Kane of westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 13, 2002
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
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
May 26, 2005
My favorite movie of all time
| Original Score: 5/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
July 13, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 17, 2009
...an appropriate tribute to the passing of the Old West, and a fitting salute to the films of screen legend John Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 9, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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