High Noon Reviews

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October 7, 2019
...something fresh and mature and honest by dint of superior treatment all along the line.
October 5, 2019
With one of the greatest opening sequences in film history, High Noon kicks-off in an outstanding fashion and this 1952 film just gets better and better as it builds towards its climax.
September 20, 2019
Few westerns have conveyed fear so potently as Kane tries to persuade the townsfolk to stand against Miller and his gang, while the clock runs down in real time.
September 16, 2019
A Truly great Western
August 20, 2019
A perfect drama... An eternal adventure of men facing the decisive moment of luck, willing to kill or be killed. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 22, 2017
High Noon reflected the heightened fear of the Soviets in the '50s, now similar to the xenophobia that has been raised and further inflamed by our political leaders.
September 25, 2016
It's the film's brevity that prevents it from soaring, since the stripped-down narrative generally allows only the widest of brush strokes when it comes to painting the characters and their situations. Cooper's performance is masterful, however.
January 3, 2016
Deserving of its classic western status... although for a movie predicated on its titular twelve o'clock showdown, the gunfight itself is oddly anticlimactic.
August 22, 2012
High Noon isn't really a masterpiece, and if you're a fan of more honest Westerns, it's hard not to notice Zinnemann's general lack of interest throughout. But it is a tense, effective little film.
July 26, 2011
File under 'classic'.
July 26, 2011
Deserving of its label as a true classic, and essential viewing.
Top Critic
July 26, 2011
High Noon combines its points about good citizenship with some excellent picturemaking.
December 24, 2010
Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic.
October 18, 2008
Zinnemann carefully and deliberately makes the most of the mood cast by the threat of impending violence.
October 18, 2008
Carl Foreman's brilliant screenplay pays due respect to each character, no matter how sad or loathsome.
June 14, 2008
March 8, 2008
One of top five westerns of all time w/Cooper's Oscar winning role. Powerful.
September 4, 2007
Some of the results ring false, but the memorable theme song and some equally memorable character acting (by Thomas Mitchell and Lon Chaney Jr. more than Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado) help things along.
April 20, 2007
One of the essentials
November 10, 2006
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