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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Reviews

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September 20, 2007
Parts of the movie are brilliant in a Terrence Malick-inspired way, but the lugubrious middle section is badly in need of the hand of a ruthless editor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 19, 2007
A bleached-out dreariness and lethargic pace drains this challenging film of much of its impact.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 27, 2009
Cinematic aerophagia
September 4, 2007
... gets smothered in pointlessly long takes, repetitive scenes, grim Western landscapes and mumbled, heavily accented dialogue.
December 1, 2007
This watchable but indulgent curio blings up the petty vanities and ambitions of the criminal class, and lays greater themes in their graves.
September 21, 2007
The sheer craftsmanship on display ensures a modicum of goodwill, but at two hours and 40 minutes, even the most patient souls may begin to squirm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 20, 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford adds another gauzy chapter to the overtaxed James myth, if not much rhyme or reason, heart or soul.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 20, 2007
The main problem of many is that writer-director Andrew Dominik doesn't know if he wants to deflate the outlaw myth or embellish it.
October 12, 2007
Goes on and on and on and on.
| Original Score: C-
September 20, 2007
Unforgivably slow and over-titled attempt to dramatize the ignoble murder of the notorious outlaw features a fine performance by Casey Affleck as Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2007
An absolute misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 19, 2007
For fans who say they'd pay to watch Brad Pitt read the Yellow Pages -- well, your money might be better-spent on that.
November 30, 2007
Compared to Walter Hill's 1980 movie The Long Riders, also about the James gang, this feels an underpowered affair. Indeed, compared to Dominik's own previous movie, Chopper (2000), it is impossibly meek.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 24, 2007
When a film runs 2 hrs. 40 min., it's often because the writer is directing - so there's no one to tell him to trim 40 min. - or else!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
January 25, 2008's got a title that perfectly matches its subject matter: They're both too long by half.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 21, 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a gorgeous snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 4, 2007
Everything about The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is longer than it needs to be. Its title, for one thing. Its duration -- two hours and 40 minutes! -- for another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 5, 2007
Mostly ponderous, despite the unceasingly beautiful imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2007
The one thing you're not supposed to do during a Western is doze off.
September 20, 2007
We are told a lot about Jesse James during the elongated run time -- but learn very little about the man at all.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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