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The Lone Ranger (2013)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 218
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 151

Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp make for an appealing pair of leads, but they're not enough to make up for The Lone Ranger's bland script, bloated length, and blaring action overkill.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 38

Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp make for an appealing pair of leads, but they're not enough to make up for The Lone Ranger's bland script, bloated length, and blaring action overkill.



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From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, comes Disney/ Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger," a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the

Dec 17, 2013


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This isn't the complete disaster of Wild Wild West, but that's only because none of the $250 million was spent to turn Kenneth Branagh into a mechanical spider.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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Frustrating, lazy and lifeless.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Your expectations of how bad The Lone Ranger is can't trump the reality.

July 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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Somewhere, around the hour-and-a-half mark, The Lone Ranger makes the fateful decision not to end. Worse, the movie keeps not-ending for another full hour.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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When it comes to mining boys' adventure stories, defaming pirates may be fair game, but stories about western justice and native Americans? Not so much.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Who, exactly, was this bipolar oater made for?

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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...funny, exciting, heartfelt, and just full of real joy and great entertainment.

August 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

If The Lone Ranger was a character in The Lone Ranger, it'd be the villain.

February 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

How can a Western featuring a madam with a shooting ivory leg be as bad as critics warned? It's not. And 'The Lone Ranger,' for all its flaws, is still a fun popcorn movie.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

a bloated but entertaining studio juggernaut.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The National
The National

A sense of joy in Verbinski's action runs through and energizes the entire film, and it's an ingratiating quality that should not be so easily and quickly dismissed.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source:

Depp has done the kooky, costumed character shtick so many times, it's no longer surprising to see him bury his index finger into the desert sand, then lick it

September 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Us Weekly
Us Weekly

Has its moments, but at 2 1/2 hours, movie tries to do far too much

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

It's certainly not your ol' man's "Lone Ranger," Kemo Sabe, but there's still plenty of kicks and stunts to make you wanna shout, "Hi-O, Silver! Away!"

August 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Your Movies (
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The Lone Ranger is a noisy, never-ending nonsensical mess, which easily tops the flops in the silly season of summer blockbusters. Last year, director Gore Verbinski made the Oscar winning animation Rango, this year, he's flogging a dead horse.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: UTV

The first genuinely characterful action blockbuster of the summer: both a big, beautifully realised throwback to Hollywood Boy's Own storytelling and an intelligent revision of Old West history.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Yes, this $250million reboot is overlong, over indulgent and tonally uneven, but it's also stuffed full of deadpan comedy, breakneck thrills and breathtaking visual spectacle.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Everything about this film screams excess, from the ludicrous two-and-a-half hour running time to the whopping scale of the action sequences to Johnny Depp's bizarro costume.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

If the movies have no ambition, nothing to say and no desire to tell new stories, should they continue? Jerry Bruckheimer, I await your answer.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

It's at times the most exciting live action film for years.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

It's no sort of masterpiece. But The Lone Ranger is a good deal less dreadful than advance word has suggested.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Gallops across our skulls for two and a half hours, pounding them into the same kind of desert as that on screen: a barren flatland with occasional rearing outcries of rock.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Sporadically entertaining, frequently confounding and nothing less than spectacularly ill-conceived.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

Limp and lifeless, this overlong and undercooked would-be blockbuster cannot focus on either the hard-edged realities or the magical mysteries it toys with.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Flying as high as an eagle or scampering across the tracks like a lizard, Verbinski's camerawork is off the-chain and the visual-effects are first class.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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Audience Reviews for The Lone Ranger

The Long Ranger and Tonto battle a corrupt railroad developer.
For an action film, The Lone Ranger is mostly boring. Sure, some of the action sequences are well-choreographed, and the scenes hold a modicum of suspense, but the plot is so predictable that it fails to hold more than a little interest. What is more, the film is a mixed bag of realism and a Cliff's Notes version of Native mysticism. It's not an overtly racist film, but its treatment of Natives and Tonto speaks of ignorance rather than cruelty.
Johnny Depp plays Jack Sparrow without the British accent, and Armie Hammer is about as bland as they come.
Overall, this film is a poor effort from all involved.
May 27, 2014
Jim Hunter

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Well....what can I say. I DO NOT think that Johnny Depp was miscast. I think that he was the best part of this silliness. In my opinion, it was the way this entire movie was presented that made it a silly mediocre film. I was a big fan as a kid of the original Lone Ranger, so I was very excited to see how they did this. It wasn't horrid, but it wasn't great, either. Plenty of things to laugh at, or with, though...
April 15, 2014

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I don't rate films based on commercial success. If I did I'd be telling you that Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life, Harold and Maude, Fight Club, Blade Runner and The Shawshank Redemption were all terrible films. The Lone Ranger was being slated by people before anyone had even seen it and apart from not making as many billions as the studio had hoped, I can't see what is so bad about it. It does ramble on a bit but quite frankly show me a Western that doesn't. They're supposed to! Most 'blockbusters' do too these days. It could have been shorter and it was a little self-indulgent by Gore Verbinski but then this is what he does best. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were both great in the lead roles and William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson were perfect baddies. It had action, comedy, Adventure, great visual effects and a little bit of romance to boot. It is everything you could want from a summer blockbuster and an example of a remake/reboot done well. The fact that the Razzies gave it an award this year just shows you what little credibility they have.
March 5, 2014

Super Reviewer

"The Lone Ranger" takes it's source material (somewhat) from the classic television series, and for the most part, this film fails miserably on all levels. Sure it's action sequences may be fun to watch, but the writers honestly had too much material to work with and it seems like too much is going on all at once, while still feeling very slow. Johnny Depp plays the same persona as always, and Armie Hammer just feels miscast in every way. This film has been bashed by critics and normally I would give sympathy to the filmmakers, who in this case have done a technically good job, but it is just one mistake after another and one cliche after the next. "The Lone Ranger," with better direction, better casting, and a much better script, could have been fun, but it's one of the most forgettable films in recent years.
March 1, 2014
KJ Proulx

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    1. Butch Cavendish: A year you took from me in that sweatbox. You take something from damn sure...I'm gonna take something from you.
    – Submitted by Nick C (6 months ago)
    1. Tonto: Don't ever do that again.
    – Submitted by Daisy B (8 months ago)
    1. Red Harrington: What's with the mask?
    – Submitted by Private U (13 months ago)
    1. The Lone Ranger: Do you know what Tonto means in Spanish?
    – Submitted by Roger A (13 months ago)
    1. Mob Member: He was gonna violate me with a duck foot!
    – Submitted by Badger J (13 months ago)
    1. Dan Reid: What's your crime boy?
    2. Tonto: Indian!
    – Submitted by Maher J (13 months ago)
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