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High Plains Drifter Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
November 23, 2013
Mysterious, sporadically comical, and classically Eastwood, High Plains Drifter is a wholly satisfying revenge saga that's askew enough to surprise as it exercises known elements.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 31, 2013
A shaky sophomore effort ... Eastwood would direct a far superior Western, The Outlaw Josey Wales, three years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
October 28, 2013
Eastwood holds fast to the rebel spirit of the spaghetti Westerns and revisionist "New Hollywood" Westerns of the previous decade, but packages it in a film that's slicker and more mainstream-friendly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2009
Clint Eastwood's first Western as director is rather fascinating due to its quasi-supernatural component.

TV Guide
October 26, 2008
One of the best Westerns of the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 26, 2008
Whatever the reasoning, it is a gripping work, harsh and ahead of its time.
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Variety Staff
May 21, 2008
Eastwood's second directorial effort is mechanically stylish.
Susan Granger
July 28, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
April 13, 2007
Eastwood registers strongly as actor and director of this revenge Western (yet another critique of High Noon), with a style that's influenced by his mentors, the economic efficiency of Don Siegel with touches of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This was supposed to be Eastwood's fond adieu to the worlds of Sergio Leone and Don Siegel; and indeed he cuts the operatic excess of the former with the punchy economy of the latter.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Clint Eastwood is the ultimate thinking man's cinematic killing machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
Savory Eastwood western.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 10, 2005
Part ghost story, part revenge Western, more than a little silly, and often quite entertaining in a way that may make you wonder if you have lost your good sense.
Christopher Null
April 3, 2005
Clint Eastwood's second film as a director -- and his first western -- is a minor classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 16, 2005
Clint's a supernatural amoral mythical hero (of the pulp novel kind), bent on cruelty and getting revenge for a past misdeed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 25, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Paint the town red, Clint. It's your strangest and one of your best westerns.
| Original Score: 5/5
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
January 22, 2003
High Plains Drifter will make an excellent double bill along with Eastwood's other post-modern Western, the 1992 Unforgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
There's some nice action here, and the whole thing is cloaked in an archetypal spookiness that makes High Plains Drifter work not only as a 'man with no name' Western but also as something a little deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 3, 2002
Dark, bloody, and uncompromising; the ultimate deconstruction of the Western genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
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