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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
October 11, 2007
A better title might have been Jesse James in the Age of Pop Therapy.
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.
October 5, 2007
Who would have imagined that a biopic about Jesse James could be so boring?
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.
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