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The Searchers Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

One of the better examples of the western genre.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 15, 2011
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Call Ethan one widescreen reminder of fear and guilt for a country that deserved at least one.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

September 1, 2009


A mature, dark, ambivalent piece that helped pave the way for the modern western.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 13, 2008
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

An absolute must see.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 7, 2007
Cole Smithey

A truly great western.

| Original Score: 5/5

September 16, 2007
Ronald Holloway
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Some fine vignettes of frontier life in the early southwest and a realistic presentation of the difficulties faced by the settlers in carving out a homestead in dangerous Indian country.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 27, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Through the central image of the frontier, the meeting point of wilderness and civilization, Ford explores the divisions of our national character, with its search for order and its need for violence, its spirit of community and its quest for independence

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 27, 2007

Empire Magazine

John Wayne at his best, striking cinematography and character ambiguity makes this a powerful and thought-provoking Wild West Odyssey.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

June 7, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a much more multi-layered Western than most other such examples of the genre, and it is surely a classic of its kind.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

May 28, 2006
Emanuel Levy

One of Ford's undisputed masterpiecs and a quintessential text of the 1950s, a rare Western that explores the deep roots of racism (and sexism) in American life, and gives John Wayne his most complex performance as the anomic hero.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 5/5

May 3, 2006
Chris Cabin

The minute The Searchers begins, it's impossible to look away.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

April 5, 2006
Steve Crum

John Wayne's best film, which says a prairie-full. Haunting, unforgettable.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 18, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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There is perhaps some discrepancy in the play between Wayne's heroic image and the pathological outsider he plays here (forever excluded from home, as the doorway shots at beginning and end suggest), but it hardly matters, given the film's visual splendou

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It may also be the best American movie, or at least the most American movie ....

Full Review | Original Score: A+

February 14, 2005
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

THE great American western.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 12, 2005
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

The Searchers's reputation is so widely accepted that it's a surprise to discover that the film, and Wayne's character, are more complex than the reputation suggests.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A-

November 22, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

This is a film for the ages.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

November 19, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A powerful piece of filmmaking -- one of Ford's best works -- and I'd urge anyone who hasn't seen it to do so -- and decide for themselves what the film is or isn't saying

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 26, 2003
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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A rip-snorting Western, as brashly entertaining as they come.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 20, 2003
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle

Damn, this is Wayne's movie.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 5/5

March 10, 2003
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