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Silverado (1985)

tomatometer

76

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 7

Boasting rich detail and well-told story, Silverado is a rare example of an '80s Hollywood Western done right.

67

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

Boasting rich detail and well-told story, Silverado is a rare example of an '80s Hollywood Western done right.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado is a fond hark back to the all-star, big-budget westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. The various plotlines converge at the town of Silverado, held in thrall by crooked sheriff Brian Dennehy and his behemoth "deputies." The four disparate heroes--Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn and Danny Glover--prepare to do battle against Dennehy for personal reasons ranging from mercenary to altruistic. Sidelines characters include duplicitous, dandified gambler Jeff Goldblum,

PG-13,

Western, Drama, Action & Adventure

Mark Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan

Jun 1, 1999

$33.2M

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (7) | DVD (17)

Agreeable but never compelling.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Real rewards of the film are in the visuals and rarely has the West appeared so alive, yet unlike what one carries in his mind's eye. Ida Random's production design is thoroughly convincing in detail.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Kasdan resorts to a TV-like shorthand, substituting shtick for personality.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This takes as its subject the Western itself; but what could have been a bankrupt exercise is saved by exuberance, goodwill, and sheer excitement.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A sweeping, glorious-looking western that's at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This is a story, you will agree, that has been told before. What distinguishes Kasdan's telling of it is the style and energy he brings to the project.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Called "revisionist" upon release in a bizarre misuse of the term, Silverado is neither something new nor something paying homage but rather a hollow facsimile

March 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's like a colossal buffet: You take what you want and leave the rest, readily forgiving the worst of it because the best just tastes so good.

August 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Filled with enough stock characters and B-film plotlines for a dozen mediocre Westerns.

January 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Should by rights swim in hokiness, but it's a bumptious classic.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Engrossing western which inspired a huge genre revivial.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A big stampede of a movie with ideas and scenes thundering off in dozens of directions.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A terrific western with a superb cast

March 14, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

The actors shift gears effortlessly, playing their parts with seriousness when the situation calls for it, but also enjoying those moments that are intended to be fun.

July 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Great new classic western.

November 2, 2004
7M Pictures

A good enough Western to cause many to kick up their spurs in celebration.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Engrossing western that never got the recognition it deserved

January 9, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

This film is a delight.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

A wonderful homage to the Westerns of old, with some hip, contemporary twists.

October 4, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A good movie, although it's sometimes too antiseptic for what a Western should be. There's some great shoot-out scenes.

August 8, 2002
Countingdown.com

By the time the credits roll, we’ve had a whirlwind tour of virtually everything you can do in a Western.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Audience Reviews for Silverado

More than a Western, a Western goulash with practically every Western cliche you can think of thrown in, and practically every A-list male lead at the time along for the roundup. A little bit of dusty fun.
November 5, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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A lot of fun even though the narrative sags a little. Full review later.
March 20, 2011
TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

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A great modern western that?s turned into a bit of a cult film. Great cast and a great film!
September 28, 2009
SirPant

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