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Appaloosa Reviews

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
It was at times incredibly slow and even poorly edited, and I've never understood the appeal of Renee Zelwegger.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
Ed Harris does it better than anybody.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 10, 2008
Appaloosa takes the traditional notion of a lone lawman fighting injustice and turns it successfully on its head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 3, 2008
Dialogue, much of it lifted straight from Parker's novel, proves mostly engaging.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 3, 2008
Harris displays a quiet, unshowy confidence and a genuine fondness for the genre, capturing the horses and guns and saloon glasses in a soft, almost-sundown light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2008
Harris co-wrote, directed and stars in the film, which is filled with humor, action and clever turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 3, 2008
There's a refreshing vein of understated humor running throughout the production. It's neither forced nor unnatural and it keeps things from becoming too somber, even when the bullets start flying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 3, 2008
From its first, mournful brass theme, Ed Harris's Appaloosa nails the look and feel of a classic Western. This is an old-style, laconically macho, six-shooting horse opera made with an obvious and unapologetic love of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 3, 2008
After Appaloosa establishes its slightly modern characters in a traditional setting, it has nowhere to go but toward the completely expected.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 3, 2008
Harris directs with a steady hand and sharp eye for the best in his fellow actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 3, 2008
Mortensen should certainly do another western, soon. Preferably he should do one with a real sense of danger to go along with all the neat, tidy, highfalutin' honor and decency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2008
In its own quiet way it delivers the goods.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 3, 2008
A warmly made, slightly offbeat movie about friendly devotion. It also happens to be a western, and every man in it is grizzled or wizened or both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
October 3, 2008
Filled with dusty light, craggy facial features and broad landscapes, it's a solid story that honors the traditions of the genre as it reworks them.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 3, 2008
For its first hour or so, Appaloosa is a crisply paced pleasure, mostly thanks to the interplay between Harris and Mortensen.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2008
A fine dramatic comedy with fresh characters, witty dialogue and a keen interest in how relationships must have developed among frontier folks, tyrannical ranchers, no-nonsense lawmen and -- oh, yes -- the complicated women on that frontier.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 2, 2008
Appaloosa is one of those movies that creeps up on you after the fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 2, 2008
Appaloosa is an archetypal western with touches of the modern buddy comedy. Though it falls short of these classics, it is a little bit Destry Rides Again and a little bit more Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 2, 2008
What is seductive about Appaloosa is its easygoing rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 2, 2008
Ambition is a great quality in a filmmaker, especially when it's realized. Yet there is something to be said for just telling a story, and with Appaloosa, Harris does a fine job of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cole Haddon
Film.com
October 2, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 1, 2008
Ed Harris, working from a Robert Parker novel, has crafted a meticulously detailed, newfangled old-fashioned morality tale of hard men who go soft when a woman comes between them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
September 26, 2008
These are horse-opera fundamentals; having given them short shrift, the film just shuffles down its lonesome trail into the horizon and out of your memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 22, 2008
In all, Appaloosa is good as far as it goes -- everything in it feels true -- but I wish that Harris had pushed his ideas further.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 19, 2008
Mannered, episodic and slow.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 19, 2008
It's a pleasure to watch such gifted actors interact in a classic genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 19, 2008
Harris follows his strong helming debut Pollock with a contribution to the western movie revival that looks and sounds like a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 19, 2008
Ed Harris has the kind of head that would look great on a coin, but it looks even better on a movie screen, as he turns his chiseled features this way and that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 19, 2008
Beautifully photographed by Dean Semler, Appaloosa is the best Western since Open Range and shows there's still life in this most unfashionable of genres.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 19, 2008
Though the leads do fine work, their efforts often feel slightly futile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2008
It's unfortunate for everyone concerned, and for the film, that the train chugs into town one day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 19, 2008
Appaloosa shows a square jaw and a steely gaze, but also a smile and a wink.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 19, 2008
The top-heavy plot takes over, and the picture makes a beeline back to tepid convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 18, 2008
Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 18, 2008
In the early going, Appaloosa does an efficient job of establishing the tense standoff between lawmen-for-hire Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen, and a tyrannical rancher (an extravagantly sinister Jeremy Irons).
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 18, 2008
Appaloosa satisfies all its requirements but never breaks a sweat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2008
It could be said that Harris and his co-writer, Robert Knott, haven't done a whole lot of writing, but as Cole himself might say, there's no need to get all fancy with what's plain and true.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2008
Appaloosa is a pleasingly spacious piece of work, but for all of its little tangles it never musters the kick of a psychological duel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 17, 2008
Ed Harris reunites with Viggo Mortensen, his co-star in A History of Violence, and the chemistry is easygoing and understated. But he should have left the direction to someone else.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 17, 2008
It's high time for the western to be resuscitated as a genre; a picture that just pokes along amiably isn't enough to get the job done.