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Maverick (1994)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 12

It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.



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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 160,213

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Movie Info

A gunslinging con man develops a tricky scheme to make a killing at a major poker tournament in this comic Western inspired by the popular television show. Mel Gibson assumes the role of Bret Maverick, the handsome rogue who hopes to cheat his way to success. In need of a large stake to enter a major card competition on a Louisiana steamboat, Maverick decides to take advantage of a few small-town poker players. These include the seemingly sweet Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and the


Western, Action & Adventure, Comedy

William Goldman

Aug 27, 1997

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (12) | DVD (6)

True deft wit is just plum missing from this good-natured, flat-footed, eager-to- please, tee-hee Western.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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There can be little doubt that a whole new generation is about to discover the charm, wit and fun of Maverick.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A financially successful exercise in target-marketing, but not much of a movie.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Maverick exploits and undermines every western cliche from gunfights to war-whooping Indians to runaway stagecoaches and heroes hanging off cliffs.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The first lighthearted, laugh-oriented family Western in a long time, and one of the nice things about it is, it doesn't feel the need to justify its existence. It acts like it's the most natural thing in the world to be a Western.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Affectionate, amiable, eager-to-please, in a TV-movieish sort of way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Despite the attention of master scriptwriter William Goldman, this gentle tribute to the hit comedy western TV series missed a golden opportunity for a razor-sharp spoof. There's no doubt the stars had a ball, though.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Facetious and cynical, Mel Gibson's star vehicle is glossy and superficially enteratining, but doesn't begin to approximate the charm of James Garner and the original TV series.

December 30, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com easygoing diversion that could've (and should've) been so much better...

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This one has it all - romance, comedy, action and high-spirited adventure!

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

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June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Everyone on board seems to be having enormous fun.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

It's an enjoyable family film.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Formula Hollywood filmmaking at its shallowest.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (2)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The television show offered viewers the pleasure of watching scoundrels being deceived. The movie version is about deception as well, but this time the folks being cheated are all in the audience.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Weekly

It may make the $100 million, but it is not a well-made film.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Mildly amusing - for about 35 seconds.

March 5, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A relatively enjoyable film that updates the western character Brett Maverick.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

unrelentingly smug, for no good reason

August 3, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Paper-thin and insubstantial ... but still full of good-natured fun.

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Maverick

I've never seen an episode of the original TV series but from what I gather, there are a lot of in-jokes and nods to popular episodes and characters. There are also a lot of nods to Donner's films which I did get, some of them a little blatant and risky (See the Danny Glover cameo) but all forgivable given the likability factor of the overall story. That is exactly what this film is, Likable. Mel Gibson's a great actor, seeing him and James Garner pair up was a joy.
September 16, 2013

Super Reviewer

We are all in the middle of a poker game and its obvious that everyone is bluffing, but I couldn't have told you what the winning hand was going to be. This movie was filled with coincidences too over-the-top that just happened to develop the plot precisely as needed, but I give an extra star for the set and costume designs.
June 27, 2011
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