September 2, 2020
It's more Harris's attention to dialogue, character and the film's overall production design that makes the film so memorable.
June 6, 2019
The story is just not strong enough to carry the entire movie.
May 17, 2019
The film neatly blends short, brutal violence with a surprisingly traditional visual take on the classic western.
December 13, 2018
The requisite standoffs and shootouts make this one tense film, but the mood is frequently lightened with a generous dose of surprising humor.
May 19, 2018
It is as though Harris could not decide whether he was making the classic western of his boyhood dreams, or merely a pastiche of it. The result, falling somewhere between the two, ends up being neither here nor there.
December 27, 2017
Really, it's like watching three amigos passing the time of day in New Mexico while waiting for a call from Cronenberg.
December 18, 2010
Old-fashioned Western features great performances.
December 17, 2009
old-fashioned but simple and effective entertainment
July 27, 2009
A dusty, old-fashioned Western with a dusty, old-fashioned vibe. You can all but smell the saddle soap as the story unfolds.
June 7, 2009
There's considerable pleasure in Appaloosa's respect for the undramatic. It doesn't go where you'd expect...
March 13, 2009
True, the film is a little long, and it loses momentum at one stage, but generally speaking this is a most enjoyable return to what was once the cinema's most popular genre.
March 11, 2009
Viggo Mortensen is a trustworthy ally in the project, an actor whose extraordinary range enables him to move his performance along the scale from 0 to 100 at will.
March 11, 2009
Wearing not only his actor's lawman hat, but also that of director and co-screenwriter, Ed Harris delivers a splendid film, filled with nuances, complexities and substance
March 6, 2009
Brush away the dust and you'll find a sense of nostalgia and romanticism about lost American values and altered social hierarchies.
February 15, 2009
Harris has made himself a reputation as a mark of quality...Like Pollack, Appaloosa has the best of both worlds, with Harris both in front of and behind the camera. [Blu-ray]
February 1, 2009
I give thanks for westerns. Every time they seem to be about to gasp their last, dusty breath, one comes along to give them a bit of renewed life. Bless it, the western genre will not die. Last year it was the excellent remake 3:10 to Yuma. This ye
January 14, 2009
Nothing new or groundbreaking here, just a lot of talented people coming together for a well-made and entertaining Western.
January 9, 2009
...provides enough variety to keep the heart, mind, and adrenaline on alert.