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A Perfect World (1993)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: Despite some formulaic touches, Clint Eastwood's haunting, ambiguous crime drama is smart and gritty, and features a bravura performance from Kevin Costner as a prison escapee on the run.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Despite some formulaic touches, Clint Eastwood's haunting, ambiguous crime drama is smart and gritty, and features a bravura performance from Kevin Costner as a prison escapee on the run.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 41,254

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Movie Info

Set in Texas during the fateful month of November 1963, director Clint Eastwood stars as Red Garnett, a Texas Ranger on a manhunt for an escaped criminal (Kevin Costner) who has kidnapped a young boy (T.J. Lowther) and taken off across Texas to get away.

Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
John Lee Hancock
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 1, 2002
Runtime:
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for A Perfect World

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (6) | DVD (8)

In going beyond chase-yarn duty, Eastwood and Costner do themselves proud.

June 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A Perfect World is evidence that Hollywood is still capable of producing the kinds of moving, intelligent movies that have increasingly become the province of independent film makers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

This is a movie that surprises you.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Within its narrow, unambitious, commercial boundaries, the movie is highly watchable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's an American masterpiece.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Film Freak Central

It will not please everyone because it presents things in shades of gray and takes few easy outs.

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Tells the tale of an escaped convict and his eight-year-old hostage and, in the process, considers the cycles of disappointment wrought on sons by questionable fathers: abusive ones, absent ones, even a well-meaning "daddy state." [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 5, 2012
Groucho Reviews

Entertaining manhunt film.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A tender, poignant, ultimately heartbreaking film filled with haunting, lasting images and nicely eccentric touches. Arguably Costner's best performance, and one of Eastwood's most underrated efforts behind the camera.

March 3, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

Right on the heels of his critical and box-office smash Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood made this outstanding, haunting tale of an escaped convict (Kevin Costner in his greatest performance), and it was completely ignored.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Stark, gritty story well directred by Eastwood.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Moving and totally absorbing.

Full Review… | January 2, 2004
TheMovieReport.com

Never once feels like more than push-button artifice.

Full Review… | August 16, 2003
Apollo Guide

Some may accuse the picture of sentimentality, but really it gets caught up in the moment.

Full Review… | October 3, 2002
Film Freak Central

A Perfect World is essentially an indictment of how the American penal system turns troubled boys into career crooks, but the film is weakened by a plethora of inappropriate comedy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This is a little movie and should have a brief running time. The editor must have been asleep at his desk.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Internet Reviews

It's not a perfect movie -- there's a bit more formula here than there ought to be -- but it's closer than you might think.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

A Perfect World is really two films. One is mediocre at best, but the other is one of the best films of the year. Together, they still add up to one of the better films of the year.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for A Perfect World

½

An escaped convict takes an 8 year old boy hostage and is pursued in the resulting manhunt by a motley assortment of lawmen headed by pragmatic good ol' boy Clint Eastwood. The fact that the central characters of this film are a desperate criminal and an 8 year old Jehovah's witness (not to mention Costner's presence) would probably provoke a groan from more cynical cinephiles expecting a saccharine drenched schmaltz-fest about "learning from each other" and "growing as a person". And they'd be right in some respects as that pretty much is what the film is all about, but thanks to Eastwood's sensitive direction it manages to sidestep cloying sentimentality and the result is an endearing road movie cum western with a streak of gentle humour. The weak link is probably Kevin Costner and if it weren't for the obvious age issues I think he and Clint would've been better served swapping roles, but he still gives a decent performance as the damaged career criminal who comes to share a common bond with his tiny captive. Perhaps the message about the penal system gets a little lost in amongst all the good natured banter, but it's still an intelligent and sensitive offbeat thriller that's well worth seeking out.

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xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

I'm very biased towards Clint Eastwood films. I believe that he is a terrific director and actor, and he's also one of my favorites actors. I thought that A Perfect World is a wonderful drama that is among Clint Eastwood's best. Not only does Eastwood direct, but he also acts in this film. The story surrounds a kidnapped boy and a convict who become friends as the convict, Butch (Kevin Costner) shows Phillip (T.J Lowther) the joys of life as Phillip is a Jeovah's Witness and has never enjoyed stuff that other kids do. This film has a good heart, and is very charming as we see Butch' and Phillip's friendship unfold. There are a few violent parts, but this film has a very good story. This is the type of film only Clint Eastwood could make. A Perfect World is a near perfect film, and this is one of Kevin Costner's best films. I absolutely enjoyed this film and I thought it great. There are a few things that could have been perfected, but theres so little mistakes in this film that one can forgive its imperfections. A wonderful story, brought to life by a great cast and a great director, A Perfect World is simply a terrific, well acted film that is another Eastwood classic. This is definitely a film that Clint Eastwood fans shouldn't pass up. A remarkable film that is sad, funny and powerful, A Perfect World is awonderful drama film that should be seen.

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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

A Perfect World is a very good and very underrated Clint Eastwood film. Kevin Costner is great as Butch Haynes. It possibly is his greatest performance of his career. Lowther is very convincing in his role as Phillip and helps take the movie from good to great. The movie takes you through a gauntlet of emotions through their performances. At times it is fun to watch and at other times it is very sad. The movie deserves much more exposure then it has, which is surprising seeing as it's a Clint Eastwood movie.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

Walkin's for squares.

Clint Eastwood delivers a moving tale about a boy kidnapped and held as hostage by an escaped convict. Devoid of a male role model, the boy bonds with Butch, played by an engaging Kevin Costner as they are hunted down by the law.

As a child I loved this film and all these years on it still proves to tug on the same sentimental heart strings it did all those years ago. The ending is heartbreaking as you cheer on the bad guy and his new found buddy.

A must see for everyone.

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Christopher Alcock

Super Reviewer

A Perfect World Quotes


Butch Haynes:
I need me a time machine with a loud radio to take me where I'm going.
– Submitted by Ismael M (3 years ago)

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