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The Iron Horse Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 14, 2015
The picture is absurd-and enjoyable.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
August 11, 2010
John Ford's first American epic is not a birth of a nation, but its physical and symbolic unification in the wake of the Civil War.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 15, 2009
Surprising by virtue of how much of Ford's mature work is already in evidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 10, 2008
It's hard to argue that the film is more than very competent.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Beth Accomando
November 29, 2007
Although Ford is not yet at the peak of his artistic powers in The Iron Horse, the film is still immensely entertaining and fascinating as a glimpse of the early Ford.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
November 29, 2007
It's the atmosphere that Ford captures so beautifully, from the location shooting to the labor and process of clearing land and laying track.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 6, 2002
It's not a great film, but it is captivating in its grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
April 1, 2013
Mid-level Ford, full of both interest and faults.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2007
It's a large canvas, and one that the filmmaker, then 29, often has trouble filling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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