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Unforgiven Reviews

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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
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
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.
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.
August 2, 2013
Eastwood deliberately upends the conventions of the western, subverting his own image in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 2, 2013
The Western is back. With a vengeance. Saddle up or get out of the way.
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.
August 2, 2013
This is, quite simply, one of the finest films ever made in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
February 20, 2013
This dark, melancholic film is a reminder-never more necessary than now-of what the American cinema is capable of, in the way of expressing a mature, morally complex and challenging view of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 12, 2013
Unforgiven exposes the true price behind the way the West was won.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 12, 2013
Clint Eastwood's westerns are distinctive, and that Unforgiven, as the most fully realized, is the most distinctive of all.
August 6, 2012
It's a somber feature, but one of extraordinary character development, bundled into a compelling story of men facing their sins in a most brutal, pitiless manner.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 23, 2012
One of the absolute masterpieces of American cinema in the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
April 25, 2012
The great Orson Welles once stated that Clint Eastwood was the most underrated filmmaker in America, and the sobering footnote is that he passed away in 1985, well before Eastwood began to be taken seriously as an artist by most critics and moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 18, 2012
The film at its heart is the first in a line of revisionist superhero movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2010
Eastwood's best film -- a compelling study of the shame and guilt that attends violence, of the rule of the mighty over the weak and of courage and cowardice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 22, 2010
Individual scenes work, but the movie seems overstuffed and halting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2009
Unforgiven began Clint Eastwood's current apology tour for his cinematic violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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