The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Reviews

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February 6, 2018
Pitt, toying with his death-wish like some private joke, is eminently watchable in a role with little developmental arc; while Affleck, as his unwitting nemesis, takes his own mysterious integrity right to the grave.
February 14, 2012
November 17, 2011
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.
May 1, 2008
Jesse James is that rarest of birds -- an art film with mass appeal.
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
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.
November 30, 2007
For all its intended depth and psychological realism, which at its best carries reminders of the work of Terrence Malick, there's a fake myth-making quality to it that, because of its inordinate length, could be mistaken for grandeur.
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.
November 30, 2007
Above all, there's the sense of immersion in a world of harsh beauty whose time is running out. It's to be hoped that non-American audiences embrace this film: it's one of the year's very best.
November 30, 2007
Affleck and Pitt have prime charge of the tale's humanity and vitality. The first has nervous headlamp eyes and a wheedling, accosting intensity: he is like a homeless pet you would feel sorry for up to the moment it bit you.
November 30, 2007
A tremendously stylish, intelligent retelling of western myth.
November 30, 2007
Andrew Dominik's sensational film debags a cherished idol. Tyrone Power, Robert Wagner and Roy Rogers famously played Jesse James like Robin Hood. Brad Pitt plays him like a poisonous Mr Hyde.
November 29, 2007
Apparently, all the world needs a hero and there is nobody better than Brad Pitt, with all his untouchable starriness, to fill those boots.
November 17, 2007
The plot's restless shifts in point of view mean that significant action and mere movement become hopelessly confused with one another.
November 2, 2007
An extraordinary and visionary study of a legendary murderer's famous fate, within touching distance of Oscars.
October 20, 2007
Awesome splendor and a striking essay on celebrity reward those who brave the 2 1/2-hour run time.
October 18, 2007
It's a view of the West beyond the myth that's worth enduring, if not relishing.
October 13, 2007
Brad Pitt as Jesse James: Seldom has an actor been so perfectly cast.
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