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Dances With Wolves Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
As a director, Costner is alive to the sweep of the country and the expansive spirit of the western-movie tradition.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 2, 2008
Plodding, simplistic and overlong politically correct Western epic.
Full Review | Original Score: C

February 20, 2008
The film's real joy rests in Costner's meticulous attention to historical detail, creating a world that is both moving and credible.
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Amy Dawes
January 28, 2008
In his directorial debut, Kevin Costner brings a rare degree of grace and feeling to this elegiac tale.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
May 5, 2007
The political correctness is so politically correct and sappy and sucky and conscience-appeasing and politically-pacifying and just generally brain-numbing
Full Review | Original Score: 55/100
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 10, 2007
An epic film that without its lead might have been better.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 10, 2007
No one can doubt Kevin Costner's sincerity or vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide
February 5, 2007
Not a great film by any standard, this is a western for people who are completely ignorant about the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
Sincere, capable, at times moving, but overextended, this picture is seriously hampered by its tendency to linger over everything -- especially landscapes with silhouetted figures, and not excluding its own good intentions.
Clint Morris
June 19, 2006
One of the best films of our time. The finest achievement of Kevin Costner's career.
Emanuel Levy
June 10, 2006
While the movie is not really revisionist or a new type of Western, it's a mass-oriented film in its middlebrow sensibility and acceptable message about the co-existence between the White Man and Native Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Once you're sucked into the leisurely narrative, it's hard to resist.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 17, 2005
The high-water mark of Kevin Costner's career.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 14, 2005
Kevin Costner makes a good movie before falling into a pit of garbage.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2005
engagingly personal epic
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 7, 2003
Despite its empathy and respect for Native Americans, the film has very little going for it besides its admittedly majestic trappings.
Christopher Null
May 24, 2003
The beginning of the impressive revival of the western.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Its triumph is that it is never exactly boring, only dulled. It's a movie in acute need of sharpening.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 11, 2003
...a literate script, gorgeous scenery, and fine acting combine to produce a poignant and inspiring cinematic experience.
| Original Score: 8/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 31, 2002
Shining parable about hospitality, a human resource that seems to be underrated and in short supply in our world rife with hostilities.
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