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Open Range (2003)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: 141
Rotten: 37

Critics Consensus: Greatly benefiting from the tremendous chemistry between Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, Open Range is a sturdy modern Western with classic roots.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: Greatly benefiting from the tremendous chemistry between Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, Open Range is a sturdy modern Western with classic roots.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 50,908


Movie Info

Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as … More

R (for violence)
Western , Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Craig Storper
In Theaters:
Jan 20, 2004
Box Office:
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Open Range

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (141) | Rotten (37) | DVD (38)

Handsomely mounted, as you would expect, Open Range has a good deal to commend it.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Just about everything in this movie has its antecedent: a little bit of Shane here, a chunk of High Noon there, and so on. And yet it's all rather pleasing, in a regressive sort of way.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The casting of this film may be its greatest asset: Duvall and Costner have the easy familiarity of longtime partners.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Charley's crusty assessment of events -- 'Nothing that's been happening in this town is much of a surprise' -- is all too knowingly accurate.

Full Review… | August 19, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

A movie that seeks no higher calling than to entertain us the way Hollywood used to.

Full Review… | August 18, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Some killing, but most violence is PG-13.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

The thunderous climax -one of the muddiest, bloodiest and most chaotic gunfights of the 2000s -makes it clear that Kevin Costner's plaintive, patient, slightly overlong Western was only sitting for a spell to race toward the finish.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010

Range is handed a stunning period scope by Costner's directorial eye, while forming an unexpectedly tender core to help endear these character past their grizzled exterior.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

Thoroughly enjoyable and involving, Kevin Costner's Open Range is a beautifully made western about flawed heroes who believe in redemption, loyalty and respect.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Something like...It's a Wonderful Life, only rich in slaughter.

June 9, 2008

Costner finds in the Western something grand, familiar and new within a genre that clearly has some life in it yet.

Full Review… | September 11, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

While equally paying homage to directors Peckinpah, Eastwood, and Kurosawa, what makes Open Range special is that it's a love story, too. And one peopled by endearing characters we're inclined to care about when the bloodletting has finally ended.

Full Review… | September 10, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

By the end, I was thinking this is probably one of the best westerns made since Kevin Costner first hopped on a horse in "Silverado."

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Good for Costner: at the close of a summer cluttered with dumb action films, sequels and remakes, he's bucked the trend and put himself back in the saddle again.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Open Range est tout simplement un bon vieux western qui fait plaisir à voir.

February 25, 2005

... even though Costner's sense of a satisfying ending is a bit too ordinary and unimaginative, I found Open Range refreshing.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

... needs a better story, better characters, better source material; and fewer aphorisms, fewer long glances and sweeping scores, fewer chunks of cheese.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

It's a considerable improvement over his last directing effort, the post-apocalyptic disaster The Postman.

Full Review… | June 23, 2004

This one is for the Western fans who have been clamoring for classic tales of guns, revenge and a little hokey romance without an ensemble cast or gimmick to keep it afloat.

Full Review… | May 21, 2004

This is a truly outstanding film, with great performances, particularly from Duvall.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004

Does Costner think that none of us have ever seen a Western before?The film does have one hell of a good shootout at the end, But Lord, does he make you wait for it.

Full Review… | March 13, 2004

El film, hermosamente fotografiado por James Muro, es como un ejemplar perdido de una especie en extinción. También lo es, en cierta manera, su coprotagonista Robert Duvall.

Full Review… | February 19, 2004
Uruguay Total

Costner as director goes to great lengths to make sure the audience sees people here. Real people. Not some caricature of prototypical gunslingers.

Full Review… | February 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Open Range


Overlong but with a nice sweep, excellent music choices and good performances.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

You can't beat a good Western and Open Range is a good Western. It has all that a modern Western has over the old westerns but with the heart of a classic western. The performances are strong, the direction is sound, the attention to detail is perfect and it's pretty light on cliches. Best of all though, it has a great script, the relationships are both believable and honest, the supporting characters aren't all drunk gun-slingers either which is nice, it was also nice to see a confrontation in a busy cafe rather than a rough saloon. Costner gets the pace of the story just right, he develops his characters and in turn builds the conclusion of the film with just the right level of intensity and intrigue so that the climax does not disappoint.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

As a Western character study you couldn't do much better, the give and take between Duvall and Costner, the old man and the kid (10 years on), the glue holding the piece, with Bening doing very well as a strong frontier woman. And Gambon is a surprise as the ruthless cattle baron. Well worth your time.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer


Story: Super boring
Final shootout scene? One of the greatest western action set-pieces of all time. Watch for that scene and that scene alone.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Open Range Quotes

No need to ask for no chores, Mose.
Mose Harrison:
Every man's gotta put his weight, Button.
Yeah, but my weight is half of yours.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
Denton Baxter:
You're nuthin'!
Boss Spearman:
Maybe so, I'll still be breathin' in another minute.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
Sue Barlow:
You're a disgrace, Marshal Poole. You always have been.
Sheriff Poole:
I know it. That's just the way it is.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
Sue Barlow:
So is it marriage that scares you two, or puttin' down roots?
Boss Spearman:
No. Who'd have him? All rangy and mangy like a rough old dog.
Charley Waite:
How about I hold your head under water for just a little while?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
Boss Spearman:
My friend and me got a hankerin' for Switzerland chocolate and a good smoke.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
Boss Spearman:
Sounds like you got it all worked out.
Charley Waite:
Yeah, except the part where we don't get killed.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)

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