Ride With the Devil 1999

Ride With the Devil

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A well-acted, eccentric Civil War film, Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil is often more visually striking than it is emotionally engaging.

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On the fringes of the Civil War, Missouri Bushwackers engage in guerrilla warfare with Union Jayhawkers. Bushwackers Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire) and Jack Chiles (Skeet Ulrich), out to avenge the murder of Jack's father, are joined by George Clyde (Simon Baker) and his former slave, Daniel (Jeffrey Wright). Hiding out for the winter, Jack has a short romance with a war widow (Jewel) before dying. Jake steps in to take care of her and her newborn before joining Quantrill's famous Kansas raid.

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Critic Reviews for Ride With the Devil

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (24)

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  • May 20, 2013
    Pretty good, but really longer than it needs to be. Honestly too, the ending is very misleading, building up to a confrontation that ends up being pretty disappointing.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2012
    A beautiful character study with jolts of great action, Tobey Maguire's best performance and a great supporting cast.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2012
    At the time of its release, Ang Lee's underrated Civil War drama "Ride with the Devil" was met with mixed reviews, horrendously low box office totals and was snubbed at every awards show. The question is: why? Here is a film that is technically astute in every aspect, containing absolutely beautiful photography, well-directed battle scenes and impeccable set and costume design, to which an incredible amount of detail is paid. It isn't masterfully acted or written, but the actors do their best to be convincing. (Tobey Maguire is exceptional in one of his earliest lead roles.) Even though the film's final half hour stutters a number of times, "Ride with the Devil" is a remarkable war drama that's been shamefully overlooked since its release.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2012
    Not one of Ang Lee's best attempts. His take on the western in a far more interesting way in Brokeback Mountain was more rewarding. Instead we are forced to see Jewel attempt to act through a plodding plot.
    John B Super Reviewer

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