Cimarron Reviews

January 24, 2020
The conclusion of the story... is not in the least convincing.
January 13, 2020
The all-time worst winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
June 25, 2018
As a motion picture, this is fairly worthless, crippled by static direction, overblown performances and dull conflicts. But as a study of the American mindset at the time of both the story's setting and the film's production, it's a fascinating look back.
March 24, 2014
I can see the epic tragic scope that Cimarron was going for, and I can glean the dramatic irony inherent in the hugeness of it all, but it just doesn't work. It's a stiff, unengaging movie.
February 16, 2006
Too bad the rest of the film doesn't measure up to the opening.
December 12, 2005
Cimarron, a rather weak film, is one of the few Westerns to win the Best Picture Oscar.
July 13, 2003
Taken by itself, as a film, without moral conundrums, it's actually a fairly engaging yarn. However -- and this is a HUGE however -- it's incredibly racist in its stereotyping of all sorts of people.
May 24, 2003
An early talkie, it now looks very dated.
August 13, 2002
Maybe the most undeserving Best Picture winner ever.
June 13, 2002
For pure history, this is a must, but it's laughable at times because of its overwrought machismo and intense over-acting.
January 26, 1931
Critically lauded at the time of its release, Cimarron was beloved by most who saw it. Eight decades later, it is frequently cited on lists of the most undeserving Academy Award winners.