Cheyenne Autumn Reviews

December 2, 2020
James R. Webb's screenplay, Ford's direction and the splendid acting of the cast make this an impressive film.
March 16, 2020
A melancholy epic which [John Ford] seems to have directed under the misapprehension that it was an action comedy.
July 16, 2019
Cheyenne Autumn is a blockbuster of a Western-but unfortunately also a bust.
July 19, 2018
It is one of those incredible, intensely cinematic journeys, where everything from panoramic to infinitesimal, from fording a river to creeping thorough undergrowth is visually exciting and where excitement and sympathy go together.
December 17, 2012
A sort of frontier Exodus that's filmed with a majestic passion for the wild lands and for its indigenous dwellers.
January 22, 2009
September 4, 2008
Aside from all this nonsense, it never loses its John Ford touch.
September 4, 2007
Flawed on several levels, Ford's perception of a proud people seen through a white man's eyes is ultimately a highly compelling and deeply personal apologia.
September 4, 2007
Somewhere in the telling, the original premise of the Mari Sandoz novel is lost sight of in a wholesale insertion of extraneous incidents which bear little or no relation to the subject.
August 28, 2006
The film is often described as Ford's apology to the Indians for their stereotypical portrayal in previous films, but though they are treated more sympathetically, they still emerge as members (or symbols) of a mass rather than flesh and blood individuals
February 9, 2006
Over-long, often clichd and uneven (there are comic interludes complete with cameo performances), but still imbued with moments of true poetry, thanks largely to William Clothier's magnificent Panavision landscapes.
January 1, 2006
A big mess.
May 9, 2005
Cheyenne Autumn is a strong film, grandly directed and expertly played by a large cast.
November 20, 2003
Cheyenne Autumn is a near miss, a motion picture with good intentions. It achieves most of them but then spoils everything by giving in to commercial cliches.
May 24, 2003
Ford's compositions (he was 69 at the time) are as noble as ever, but a feeling of fatigue hangs over the whole enterprise.