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Dances With Wolves Reviews

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.
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.
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
January 13, 2014
The important issues raised by the film- centered on the cultural, racial and moral struggle that took place on the American frontier-are glossed over in favor of a juvenile fantasy of male bonding around the campfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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 20, 2009
As a director, Costner is alive to the sweep of the country and the expansive spirit of the western-movie tradition.
Top Critic
January 28, 2008
In his directorial debut, Kevin Costner brings a rare degree of grace and feeling to this elegiac tale.
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.
January 26, 2006
Once you're sucked into the leisurely narrative, it's hard to resist.
May 20, 2003
Its triumph is that it is never exactly boring, only dulled. It's a movie in acute need of sharpening.
January 1, 2000
It's a rousing adventure, a touching romance, and a stirring drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Costner (with Michael Blake's screenplay) creates a vision so childlike, so willfully romantic, it's hard to put up a fight.
January 1, 2000
A simple story, magnificently told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Recalls the sweep as well as the intimacy of a David Lean epic.
January 1, 2000
A stunning combination of all-American boyishness and sweeping grandeur.
November 9, 1990
[A] beautiful and soft-headed frontier epic, which looks at Native Americans through New Age-colored glasses.
Full Review | Original Score: C