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Unforgiven Reviews

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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
There's not much dramatic urgency apart from the revisionist context.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
By now ... Eastwood has little more than a paint-by-numbers approach to acting. As a result, we relate to Munny more as a compendium of Eastwood's earlier characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 22, 2010
Individual scenes work, but the movie seems overstuffed and halting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James D. Watts Jr.
Tulsa World
December 6, 2003
It's a long, hard ride, but it's worth getting to the trail's end.
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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.
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
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2002
That implacable moral balance, in which good eventually silences evil, is at the heart of the Western, and Eastwood is not shy about saying so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
One of Unforgiven's assets is the way it overturns conventions, taking the man who is typically the hero and making him the villain, while transforming the traditional bad guy into a sympathetic protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2004
A near-great Western, weakened only by overt revisionism.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
May 1, 2009
Unforgiven began Clint Eastwood's current apology tour for his cinematic violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Conveys the power of the Western genre's myths ... as well as the ugly, unromantic realities that lurk behind them.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 23, 2003
Dark, brooding, and remorseless. We may never see its like again.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
February 19, 2008
A classic Western for the ages.
Brian Orndorf
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
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