Critic Consensus: As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.
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Critic Reviews for Unforgiven
Unforgiven gives us something to think about -- and something to answer for -- and Eastwood was just the man to make it.
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.
Unforgiven is a stark western in slow motion, obsessed with reflection, not action.
"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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Unforgiven
Eastwood deconstructs the Western myths with this dark and realistic film devoid of any of that romanticism of the Wild West, and so it is a glorious farewell for the genre with a melancholy score, an epic cinematography and a lot of tension that builds towards a brutal, fantastic ending.
The Western typically glamorises the gun as the period in every sentence, the end of psychology, of philosophy. This film takes a brief overview of some of it's many adherents: the kid, the braggart, the bully and the psycho, in an interesting plotline that draws them all together. Good filmmaking.
A very good Western. Eastwood is grand.
|The Schofield Kid:||Yea...well I guess they had it comin'.|
|William Munny:||We all have it comin' kid.|
|Bill Munny:||Anybody don't want to get killed, better head on out the back.|
|Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett:||I'll see you in hell Bill Munny|
|Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett:||I'll see you in hell Bill Munny.|
|Will Munny:||I've killed women and children. I've killed everything that walks or crawls at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you done to Ned.|