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Dances With Wolves Reviews

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April 26, 2018
By never falling into the trap of allowing spectacle to supersede character, Costner's Dances with Wolves restores depth, idealism, poignancy and even wonder to a genre that had long seemed moribund.
March 1, 2018
...well-intentioned. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 28, 2018
That's what people have always loved about Westerns -- the feeling of size which, in the age before radio, TV and the airplane, seemed the very nature of the country.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 16, 2018
Dances With Wolves is flat-out the year's best movie to date.
February 6, 2018
It's an engrossing tale, and Costner directs with the confidence of a Hollywood veteran well aware that entertainment comes before earnestness.
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
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
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
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
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
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
January 13, 2014
For the most part, ''Dances With Wolves'' is tight and interesting throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 13, 2014
This is a marvel from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
January 13, 2014
A slow-moving but well-acted western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
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
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.
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