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Unforgiven Reviews

August 3, 2017
While not a pretty picture - no ride-into-the-sunset cliches - Unforgiven is a magnificently realized work. In addition to Eastwood's fine, rough performance, Hackman and Freeman stand out.
August 2, 2017
Unforgiven is a stark western in slow motion, obsessed with reflection, not action.
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.
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
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
Eastwood deliberately upends the conventions of the western, subverting his own image in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2013
The Western is back. With a vengeance. Saddle up or get out of the way.
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
January 22, 2010
Individual scenes work, but the movie seems overstuffed and halting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2008
Eastwood's meditation on age, repute, courage, heroism -- on all those burdens he has been carrying with such good grace for decades.
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
February 19, 2008
A classic Western for the ages.
February 5, 2007
There's not much dramatic urgency apart from the revisionist context.
June 24, 2006
In this dark, timeless terrain, the film achieves a magnificent intensity.
May 20, 2003
Unforgiven is a most entertaining western that pays homage to the great tradition of movie westerns while surreptitiously expressing a certain amount of skepticism.
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
May 12, 2001
In three decades of climbing into the saddle, Eastwood has never ridden so tall.
January 1, 2000
Jumps adroitly between the macho and anti-macho, the romantic and anti-romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
January 1, 2000
This is the best work Eastwood has done as a director since The Outlaw Josey Wales 16 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 3, 1992
Enjoy it for the handsome wide-screen vistas, the interplay of the actors, the classical sweep of its story line. Just don't expect the new, soul-searching Eastwood to be any more dramatically convincing than the old.
Full Review | Original Score: B