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Dances With Wolves Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 5, 2016
It has greatness in it. It also has some distinct, even major flaws. But it's rather easy to get swept up in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 21, 2015
This is a big picture in love with our landscape as much as with the Sioux Indians who inhabit it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
February 21, 2015
[Dances With Wolves] is so evocative of the sweep and lyricism of the American West that it could be pegged as the cinematic equivalent of a Frederic Remington painting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
February 21, 2015
[Costner] makes it a true human story, portraying the range of emotions from tragedy to joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 13, 2014
In an age when most movies are made by people who used to shoot commercials or music videos, the panoramic vistas of Dances with Wolves are an enjoyable reminder of the potential of the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 13, 2014
This collective array of talent has yielded a western that is at once original and traditional. Dances With Wolves looks back to the masterworks of the past and, with its relevance to our present, it deserves to be ranked with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
January 13, 2014
Dances With Wolves runs a fraction more than three hours but justifies its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 13, 2014
To say this movie is sporadically artful is to say that it is more interesting than most films around these days. But it is still a failure, if a glorious one.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
January 13, 2014
This is a marvel from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 13, 2014
Once in a long time, a movie speaks to the truths of U.S. history and causes the filmgoer to see past events in a new light. Dances With Wolves is such a movie.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 13, 2014
A slow-moving but well-acted western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2013
Dances With Wolves is a clear-eyed vision. Authentic as an Edward Curtis photograph, lyrical as a George Catlin oil or a Karl Bodmer landscape, this is a film with a pure ring to it.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 22, 2013
Costner tells a personal story that never loses touch with the vast Western spaces encompassing and defining it. Dances With Wolves is an epic that breathes. And it's a beauty.

Total Film
February 22, 2013
For all its worthiness and pictorial beauty, the narrative is damaged somewhat by Costner's over-cautious, sentimentalised portrait of the Sioux as early eco-warriors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 22, 2013
This is a western in the grand tradition, smoothly directed by Kevin Costner, who also gives a sensitive performance in the leading role. The screenplay is often trite, however.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 21, 2011
Costner went for broke with his large-scale, Panavision epic... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 22, 2011
a nuanced and thoughtful portrayal of cultures both clashing and finding common ground
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 20, 2011
Dances with Wolves is as genuine an artistic triumph as they come; a spellbinding American classic that tastes the tears of a country in the midst of all its incomparable beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: A
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 16, 2011
A masterful, painstakingly crafted adventure about the nature of acceptance, and the tragedy of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Maria Llull
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A grand, sweeping journey of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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