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The Wild Bunch Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
March 28, 2016
It's a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya's.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2015
Even as a spectacular victim of its own success, the film retains a primitive, raw, vulgarly masculine power that leaves it powerful in all the right ways, and surprisingly un-dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Josh Larsen
May 23, 2014
In Peckinpah's world, the law and the lawless are one and the same - destructive agents of chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Total Film
April 29, 2013
It's the melancholy, the desolation. It's one of the saddest Westerns ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 29, 2013
Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s -- a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 29, 2013
In an era when body-count films mirror the mounting body count offscreen, The Wild Bunch dissects death rather than glorifying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2013
The Wild Bunch is an American masterpiece, one of the greatest films ever produced in the Hollywood system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 29, 2013
It's one of the great, arrogant take-it-or-leave-it jobs in history, and by this point it is so beyond either defense or attack that I come neither to praise nor to bury it but merely to describe it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2013
It is certainly one of the best westerns ever made, and the best film of any kind to come out in 1969.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 29, 2013
It's a towering achievement that grows more riveting and resonant with the years.
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TIME Magazine
April 29, 2013
The Wild Bunch is Peckinpah's most complex inquiry into the metamorphosis of man into myth. Not incidentally, it is also a raucous, violent, powerful feat of American film making.

April 29, 2013
One of the great artistic achievements of the 20th century. And a bloody awesome western to boot!
Cole Smithey
August 7, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Famous for its breathtaking bridge explosion sequence, "The Wild Bunch" is a western layered with social commentary about war, codes of honor among men, and humanity's childish nature that bends equally between violence and pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 3, 2011
a work of art, and revives love for pure cinema
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 6, 2010
one of the absolute best movies in the short history of the medium
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
October 26, 2008
... a spurting blast of pulp and poetry choreographed into a ballet of violence.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 4, 2008
Sam Peckinpah's great, bloody Western shocked most people with its extreme violence upon its original release, but now it's firmly nestled in the American canon.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 11, 2007
...a landmark Western and a good, thoughtful, rousing adventure besides.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
June 26, 2007
Film at 145 minutes is far over-length, and should be tightened extensively, particularly in first half.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
The on-screen carnage established a new level in American movies, but few of the films that followed in its wake could duplicate Peckinpah's depth of feeling.
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