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3:10 to Yuma Reviews

October 18, 2008
Nothing terribly original happens in this remake of a 1957 semi-classic that starred Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, but everything happens smoothly and with grace.
January 8, 2008
Mangold's film is more than sufficiently subtexty and cynical for our modern sensibilities while simultaneously embracing Mangold's obvious pleasure in the Westerns' time-honored swinging saloon doors and stern masculine traditions.
September 20, 2007
Mangold delivers a taut modern take on a lesser classic, preserving the High Noon themes about doing the right thing against all odds, and injecting a more modern pacing and urgency without going overboard.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 14, 2007
The two leads' sparking byplay, Crowe's addled cockiness versus Bale's nervy grit, would grace any surroundings, but it's a pleasure to revisit the frontier in a drama which feels far more vital than mere nostalgic homage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
September 11, 2007
James Mangold's expert and entertaining 3:10 to Yuma demonstrates both the Western's age-old appeal, and the problems it presents to a contemporary filmmaker.
September 10, 2007
The editing is tense and there's mucho splatter but the climax is unforgivable for reasons I can't spell out -- and owes something to a recent picture I can't name.
September 8, 2007
Crowe and Bale are a great study in contrasts, yet the two characters develop a grudging respect for each other that enriches the murky morality play that makes up the last half hour.
September 7, 2007
The movie feels like an uneasy combination of new and old western stylings.
September 7, 2007
3:10 to Yuma is a drama well worth the journey.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2007
James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma, an old-school Western updated for modern mores and tastes, pays due homage to its 1957 predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2007
When a movie is as entertaining as this one, you begin to think this formerly beloved genre is due for a revival.
September 7, 2007
[Director] Mangold succeeds on his own terms, largely because the actors he's working with here, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, so comfortably inhabit the movie, and the genre that cradles it.
September 7, 2007
You don't need to be a fan of that near-extinct genre to enjoy the movie -- sold more as a faceoff between Alpha males Russell "Gladiator" Crowe and Christian "Batman" Bale -- but it may turn you into one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2007
This Yuma is Shane with a train.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 7, 2007
In 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold has made himself a grand Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2007
An extremely well-acted and well-directed remake of a 1957 oater based on a short story by the then-obscure Elmore Leonard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2007
... gritty, hugely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2007
The heart-stopping, breathtaking journey of 3:10 to Yuma reminds us just how exciting a good, old-fashioned movie can be.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2007
[Director] Mangold has brought welcome intensity to the project, giving 3:10 to Yuma a visceral, immediate quality that makes it realistic and mythic all at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 7, 2007
The best Western since Unforgiven, 3:10 to Yuma is both cathartic and intelligent. While a wildly eventful action-adventure and outlaw shoot-'em-up, it's also a vibrant story of heroism, villainy and hard-earned redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2007
It's got old-timey atmosphere with just enough new-age empathy to work. Throw in plenty of gun fighting and two fine actors circling one another with glee, and you've got one hot pistol of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 7, 2007
It remains, underneath all the decoration and heavy artillery, a good yarn.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2007
The tale never quite resonates beyond the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 7, 2007
3:10 to Yuma manages to incorporate the rhythms of a contemporary action movie while maintaining a healthy respect for the tenets of the genre. That makes it a train well worth catching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 7, 2007
James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma restores the wounded heart of the Western and rescues it from the morass of pointless violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2007
Director James Mangold draws good performances from both leads as they wrestle with the predatory power structure of the old west.
September 7, 2007
Lean, almost absurdly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2007
The lean, cerebral swagger of the 1957 western 3:10 to Yuma is stretched out and punched up with more characters, gun-shooting and horse-riding in an entertaining remake directed by James Mangold.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2007
Russell Crowe and Christian Bale are the main reasons to see 3:10 to Yuma, a serviceable addition to the current western revival.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 6, 2007
The story is no bigger in the new version, which goes on for 117 minutes. And it's certainly not better.
September 6, 2007
One of the great pleasures of westerns is the showcase they offer for character actors, and 3:10 to Yuma has a pair of aces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 6, 2007
May not shake all the cowbells off the genre, but it kicks up plenty of dust.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 6, 2007
Yields performances as elemental as the landscape while it questions a culture more concerned with money than human life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 6, 2007
Under Mangold's sure if uninspired hand, the new Yuma is reasonably exciting and terse, and, like its predecessor, built around a memorable villain of ambiguous villainy.
September 6, 2007
What Alfred Hitchcock once said about thrillers also applies to Westerns: The stronger the bad guy, the better the film. By that measure, 3:10 to Yuma is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 6, 2007
A period-perfect, witty, well-played and exciting Western is all but ruined in the final minutes by someone the screenwriters, a star who insisted on image-flattering changes, a director feeling his Walk the Line oats.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2007
Those who have a deeper abiding love for the western genre than I, may love the new Yuma. I liked a good deal of it -- just enough to be frustrated by the clutter.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2007
Moves like a barn on fire.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2007
The performances of Mr. Crowe and Mr. Bale alone are worth the price of admission.
September 5, 2007
Maybe this redo didn't need so many bells and whistles, but Mangold brings it home.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2007
It's a wonderful surprise to discover that this new version, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale and directed by James Mangold, not only remains true to its roots but expands on them in ways that are thrilling and thoroughly entertaining.
September 4, 2007
Mangold's remake of 3:10 to Yuma isn't as startling a resurrection job as his Johnny Cash biopic, but it does send a saddlebag full of western tropes skittering into the 21st century.
September 4, 2007
Decent-enough entertainment, though it's hardly going to breathe new life to a genre whose demise has been reported for at least 30 years.
September 4, 2007
Russell Crowe and Christian Bale are two of the finest actors of their generation, and their talents are put to great use.
September 4, 2007
Watching a movie like this, I can't help but wish that the Western would come back into favor again. We can use more productions like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2007
A sturdy and enjoyable remake of the 1957 minor classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 27, 2007
James Mangold's movies include Cop Land (1997), Girl, Interrupted (1999), and Walk the Line (2005), and this is by far his most sustained and evocative work.
August 17, 2007
Reinforced by a strong central premise, James Mangold's remake walks a fine line in retaining many of the original's qualities while smartly shaking things up a bit.
August 17, 2007
James Mangold's expanded take on 3:10 to Yuma makes for a largely compelling ride on the strength of a powerful cast led by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.