High Noon Reviews

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.
Top Critic
July 26, 2011
High Noon combines its points about good citizenship with some excellent picturemaking.
October 18, 2008
Zinnemann carefully and deliberately makes the most of the mood cast by the threat of impending violence.
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.
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.
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.
May 30, 2003
Regarded as '50s melodrama, it's nearly perfect.
May 20, 2003
Meaningful in its implications, as well as loaded with interest and suspense, High Noon is a western to challenge Stagecoach for the all-time championship.
April 17, 2001
A film about what it means to be a man that manages to avoid the musk of machismo, High Noon is truly a film that improves with each and every viewing.
March 21, 2001
The Western may be one of the few truly American art forms, and High Noon shows exactly how much potential it can embrace.