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Pale Rider Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Though the metaphysical overtones of the screenplay are sometimes awkwardly handled and Eastwood's direction of actors (other than himself) is occasionally uncertain, this was one of the better American films of 1985.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 27, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Pale Rider does nothing to disprove the wisdom that this genre is best left to the revival houses. A double feature of Shane and Eastwood's High Plains Drifter will do just fine, thanks.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 26, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

It had been so long since a quality western had hit America's screens that it appears as if Eastwood purposely set out to remind audiences of all the elements that make the genre work.

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

October 26, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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It's all been seen before, but Eastwood serves it up with authority, fine craftsmanship and a frequent sense of fun.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 26, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

His saddle bag is a mixed one, though Pale Rider still has the touch of quality associated with latter-day Eastwood. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...who else would you want coming to your rescue than the Preacher Man With No Name?

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

September 1, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a lightweight, easygoing affair, reminiscent of some of Hawks' or Ford's lesser Westerns.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 16, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Eastwood's mythic Western divided film critics: Some were baffled by the audacity of his playing a religious figure, while others claimed he was just embodying the mysterious knight-stranger, a common character in classic Westerns.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

June 20, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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It's good to be back in the saddle again.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Not Clint's best western, but entertaining enough.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2005
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A severely underrated western, one of Eastwood's most stylish.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 31, 2005
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Clint's return to westerns is just ok.

| Original Score: 3/5

December 18, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

One of Eastwood's best oaters

| Original Score: 4/5

October 24, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Eastwood] understands so well how he works on the screen that the movie has a resonance that probably was not even there in the screenplay.

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

October 23, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Clint Eastwood stars as the mysterious stranger who arrives in a town and challenges the citizens to fight evil.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2004

Film4

A lesser Western by Eastwood's standards, but many a filmmaker would consider this a career high point.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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I'm just now beginning to realize that, though Mr. Eastwood may have been improving over the years, it's also taken all these years for most of us to recognize his very consistent grace and wit as a filmmaker.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com

See it if you haven't.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 24, 2003
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Eastwood in fine form.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 13, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The cowboys of the Old West ride again in this tried and proven Western from Clint Eastwood.

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

January 1, 2000
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