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Unforgiven Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
October 6, 2016
Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven earned the director his first Oscars, for Best Picture and Best Director.
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 16, 2016
A sombre, insightful, genre-reinventing western, directed by a filmmaker acutely aware of the western's history, its limitations and the dubious truths of its legends.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
"Unforgiven" is a high-caliber movie, a gripping and haunting work of art that should finally establish Eastwood as one of America's best directors.
Josh Larsen
February 6, 2015
...perhaps the best argument for Clint Eastwood as a savvier, craftier and more complicated filmmaker than the one many consider him to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
April 2, 2014
Eastwoods' best, most personal work as both an actor and director can be found in this dark and sombre western classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works
February 28, 2014
casts an unforgiving eye, from both insider and outsider perspectives, on the brutalities and hypocrisies of an 'enlightened' nation's Restoration period.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 2, 2013
Realistic and thoughtful, Unforgiven has the pictorial sweep we've come to expect from the genre and the intelligence too long missing from it.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 2, 2013
This isn't just a great Western. It's a great movie, no matter what the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Derek Malcolm
August 2, 2013
[Unforgiven] belongs to a tradition that includes such giants of the genre as Mann, Boetticher, Peckinpah and Hawks.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 2, 2013
There is unlikely to be a better movie from the States or anywhere else this year.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 2, 2013
It shouldn't be missed by anyone with a taste for Eastwood's typically slanted morality. It's the actor/director's best movie -- and the best Western by anybody -- in over 20 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
August 2, 2013
High Noon it isn't; it's more like the darkest midnight of the American soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2013
Unforgiven ain't nuthin' new, y'unnerstan', but it's a good, old-fashioned western-type pitcher with plenty o' rootin' tootin' action 'n' big ol' horses 'n' 10-gallon hats 'n' sech.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 2, 2013
While Eastwood dedicates the film to Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, his early directors, he doesn't seem to have learned all that much from them.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2013
Eastwood deliberately upends the conventions of the western, subverting his own image in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 2, 2013
That's always been Eastwood's appeal -- the imperial authority that he projects on the screen. In Unforgiven, he uses that authority to deliver an anti-violence message that is truly powerful, never shrill and preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2013
The Western is back. With a vengeance. Saddle up or get out of the way.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2013
Unforgiven plays out its drama with enough old-fashioned sobriety to lend the proceedings a classical air... It also incorporates enough latter-day cynicism, though, to comply with contemporary Hollywood fashion.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 2, 2013
This is, quite simply, one of the finest films ever made in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
February 20, 2013
This is the finest set of performances ever to grace a Clint Eastwood movie, and this time Eastwood even does a good job directing Eastwood. Every bullet in this movie matters.
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