Winchester '73 Reviews

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Empire Magazine
March 17, 2015
With such a strong cast, the film almost turns into an ensemble film instead of a star vehicle for Stewart in his first of many collaborations with Mann.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
March 17, 2015
Strikingly photographed in black & white, the film is directed with an eye to realistic detail, an ear for the script's frequently natural dialogue and a knack for building suspense.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
March 17, 2015
This is a fine, mature work: adult, intelligent and moral, creating a laconic new persona for the admirable Stewart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph
March 17, 2015
Winchester '73 changed the way cinema audiences saw the Western, because it featured a more complex idea of the noble hero of the west -- a man plagued by personal problems and violent impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 6, 2013
Atmospheric Western with an unusual look at Dodge City and Wyatt Earp.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 5, 2010
Winchester '73 is simply one of the finest Westerns ever made, in a class with the best of Ford and Hawks.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
October 16, 2009
The ruthless scraping of the Western's heroic veneer is Anthony Mann's stroke of genius
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
July 7, 2008
Every bit the classic its reputation suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 9, 2007
The first collaboration between director Mann and actor Stewart, a team that would create a series of superior westerns that added a new, psychological dimension to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 9, 2007
Stewart brings real flavor and appeal to the role of Lin, in a lean, concentrated portrayal.
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Phil Hardy
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Mann's first film with James Stewart, with whom he was to make a series of classic Westerns, this offers the clearest example of Mann's use of the revenge plot.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 1, 2006
At one time, the phrase 'action director' didn't mean a technician who knew how to stage the biggest explosions. It meant someone who understood the psychology of action, the reasons behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
A frisky, fast-moving, funny Western in which a rifle is the apple of a cowboy's eye.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 6, 2006
One of the truly great Westerns, directed and acted with flawless skill in the old style.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
New Times
May 29, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
July 30, 2003
Jimmy Stewart's performance is tinged with desperation and dementia -- the work of a great actor discovering a new boldness inside.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 24, 2003
James Stewart's driven, neurotic portrayal is one of many highlights in this seminal revenge western.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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