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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2008
Writer-director Andrew Dominik takes his time with the story, but his languorous pacing allows tension to build -- and permits the actors, Affleck in particular, to add nuance and depth to characters who'll seem familiar only at first glance.
September 18, 2008
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the story...of the moment in America when myth was murdered by mere celebrity and we were left, perhaps forever, with only the latter's meager consolations.
February 22, 2008
When Ford finally pulls the trigger, it's a relief as the flick's final ten minutes spin into actually interesting terrain
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 4, 2008
Moseying along for 160 minutes, this revisionist western by writer-director Andrew Dominik makes a wan attempt to present the Jesse James legend as the dawn of celebrity culture in America.
October 20, 2007
Awesome splendor and a striking essay on celebrity reward those who brave the 2 1/2-hour run time.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2007
It's a view of the West beyond the myth that's worth enduring, if not relishing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2007
Brad Pitt as Jesse James: Seldom has an actor been so perfectly cast.
October 12, 2007
The one thing you're not supposed to do during a Western is doze off.
October 12, 2007
Assassination is contemplative and quiet, a studied film that is surprisingly engrossing, not to mention so handsomely made you can hardly take your eyes off it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2007
A better title might have been Jesse James in the Age of Pop Therapy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 5, 2007
The movie has an almost hypnotic quality; its spare and often beautiful shots seem to sear themselves into the camera's lens.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2007
Who would have imagined that a biopic about Jesse James could be so boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 5, 2007
This is a 160-minute art Western, and if you're up for such a beast it is a glory to behold. It's gorgeous, but rarely for the sake of mere gorgeousness, and languorous, but never listless.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 5, 2007
Mostly ponderous, despite the unceasingly beautiful imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 5, 2007
The movie has the space and freedom of classic Western epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
The story drifts aimlessly toward its foregone conclusion, hitting a few interesting notes along the way but never gelling into a coherent narrative.
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 4, 2007
As this old and twisted Jesse, Brad Pitt is quite good. But the movie really belongs to Casey Affleck as Robert Ford.
October 4, 2007
The oddest major studio release of the year, and one of the most admirable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 25, 2007
If you love classic and stylish mood Westerns such as McCabe and Mrs. Miller and The Long Riders, this is your film.
September 24, 2007
It is no mean feat to make a boring film about Jesse James, but Andrew Dominik has pulled it off in style.
September 21, 2007
...heightened by a rare cinematic artistry that seamlessly melds a probing character essay with a lyrical Western epic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 21, 2007
It's a western destined to outlive the pronouncements of its own death, because it knows that death is only the first stage in the life of legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 21, 2007
...an epic film that's part literary treatise, part mournful ballad, and completely a portrait of our world, as seen in a distant mirror.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 21, 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a gorgeous snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 21, 2007
The look and feel of the movie are as authentic as any Western since Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2007
Hugely ambitious and not without moments of success, this indulgent 2 hour and 40 minute epic ends up as unwieldy as its elongated title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 21, 2007
A long, ambitious, fitfully rewarding movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 20, 2007
Pitt's subtle work -- relaxed and confident, yet seething with quiet menace -- is complemented beautifully by Affleck's enigmatic Ford, whose admiration for (and fear of) James distinguishes him from a run-of-the-mill scoundrel.
Read More | Original Score: A
September 20, 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford represents a breakthrough in the moviegoing experience. It may be the first time we've been asked to watch a book on tape.
September 20, 2007
It's a shame that The Assassination of Jesse James, a moody epic directed by Andrew Dominik and based on the 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, never goes much deeper than that tag line.
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
September 20, 2007
I wish this movie wasn't so purposefully elegiac and attenuated -- at times it's like a middling Terrence Malick fantasia -- but it's well worth sitting through.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 20, 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James is less of a Western than a mid-Western, which refers both to the film's urban Missouri center of gravity and its pivoting position between horse opera and backstage intrigue.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2007
It's Dominik's uncompromising, uncommercial vision and the two leads that give the story such a wonderfully wounded grandeur.
Read More | Original Score: 5/6
September 20, 2007
Dominik paints a richly detailed mosaic on locations in Calgary and Winnipeg, and you can only marvel at the visual miracles achieved by cinematographer Roger Deakins.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
September 19, 2007
The extraordinary expressive performers, male and female; the haunting interior and exterior conflicts; the painstaking authenticity of the period detail; and the subtly modulated mood shifts all combine to make a modern masterpiece of an old legend.
September 19, 2007
A haunting retelling of one of the enduring outlaw sagas in American culture.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 18, 2007
Affleck does something remarkable here with his performance: He makes you feel sorry for this weaselly, whiny, 19-year-old kid, yet fear him at the same time.
September 18, 2007
A psychological chamber drama in which the wide-open spaces are geographic as well as mental.
September 4, 2007
... gets smothered in pointlessly long takes, repetitive scenes, grim Western landscapes and mumbled, heavily accented dialogue.
September 1, 2007
It's a magnificent throwback to a time when filmmakers found all sorts of ways to refashion Hollywood's oldest and most durable genre.