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High Noon Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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'.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 26, 2011
Deserving of its label as a true classic, and essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 8, 2008
One of top five westerns of all time w/Cooper's Oscar winning role. Powerful.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 29, 2006
One of the most overestimated Westerns in film history, High Noon is schematic and more of a reflection of the times in which it was made than the classic it's considered to be, though Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 9, 2006
High Noon won a fistful of Oscars, but in these days of pasteboard screen machismo, it's worth seeing simply as the anatomy of what it took to make a man before the myth turned sour.
May 4, 2005
A simple, somewhat creaky tribute to defiant courageousness.
April 3, 2005
Drop-dead brilliant Western Noir.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 22, 2004
Generates claustrophobic suspense by focusing on three images: Kane's increasingly tense, pained expression; implacably ticking clocks; and the ominous, empty train tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 30, 2004
Can be enjoyed simply because it's so well done.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 27, 2004
More than a half-century later, Foreman was right after all: High Noon is a scorching and sour portrait of American complacence and capacity for collaborationism.
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