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Unforgiven Reviews

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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
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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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 19, 2008
A classic Western for the ages.
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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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
In this dark, timeless terrain, the film achieves a magnificent intensity.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
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.
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
In three decades of climbing into the saddle, Eastwood has never ridden so tall.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Jumps adroitly between the macho and anti-macho, the romantic and anti-romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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