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I Shot Jesse James Reviews

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January 12, 2010
Fuller uses effective close-ups in this stylish western, giving a fresh psychological twist to familiar narrative ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2009
While Preston Foster and Barbara Britton carry star roles, it's John Ireland, as the notorious Bob Ford, who dominates the story.
October 4, 2008
The focus of this delightfully perverse character study Western is not on Jesse James, but on Bob Ford being a man cursed by his infamy as a Judas figure.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 12, 2007
A commonplace movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 30, 2007
Fuller points out the absurdity of the entire concept of modern myth-making, and kicks off the grand tradition of subversive neo-Westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 25, 2007
Interesting mainly because it's Samuel Fuller's first film, showing off a few of his trademark touches -- but not enough to make the movie stand on its own.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
August 25, 2007
As such, more a psychological drama (emphasised by the use of close-up) than a Western, and a highly original film.
August 22, 2007
Fuller goes deeper into his protagonist's tortured psyche, uncovering a sublimated sense of love that only finds expression as climax to his death rattle.
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