Legends of the Fall Reviews

January 23, 2019
In general, director Edward Zwick does a commendable job of keeping things apace, while... John Toll's scrumptiously pristine cinematography and James Horner's piercingly full score.
April 2, 2014
At first, the picture plays like East of Eden with a bonus brother; it gets sillier as it goes.
April 2, 2014
The actors fit their roles exceptionally well, but Zwick rarely allows them the kinds of crucial, intimate moments that establish how the characters feel about each other.
April 2, 2014
Just when it starts to seem as if Legends might just turn into a pretty good movie, along comes some tired, soap-opera plot device.
April 2, 2014
Check your cynicism at the door, and just revel in its enormity.
April 2, 2014
There's a vast psychodrama being played out on the Ludlow ranch, battles between generations, philosophies, races and sexes. And the landscapes, photographed by John Toll, majestically backdrop all the personal and cultural furies.
April 2, 2014
Everything about Legends of the Fall shouts epic filmmaking and it is not an altogether unpleasant sound.
September 7, 2011
Under such labored circumstances, James Horner's music must work overtime. It swoops and broods and promises you that something elemental about manliness is being conveyed.
August 14, 2009
Edward Zwick, the director, and Susan Shilliday and Bill Wittliff, the screenwriters, are under the impression that they are bringing forth a tragic epic, not a silly melodrama...
March 26, 2009
As densely plotted as Legends of the Fall is, it's to the credit of the performers and craftsmen that the film escapes the abyss of melodrama and sentimentality.
June 24, 2006
The entire film plays like a commercial for Brad Pitt. You can imagine half the audience wondering, 'Where can I get one of those?'
May 20, 2003
Mr. Pitt's diffident mix of acting and attitude works to such heartthrob perfection it's a shame the film's superficiality gets in his way.
June 18, 2002
Big and beautiful as it looks, the film doesn't deliver much emotional punch.
May 12, 2001
Though the admirable Quinn has the toughest role, Pitt carries the picture. The blue-eyed boy who seemed a bit lost in Interview With the Vampire proves himself a bona fide movie star, stealing every scene he's in.
April 17, 2001
Just like quality loo roll, it's long in duration and strong on technical quality. Unfortunately it's also soft on plot and characterisation.
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of big, robust Western love story that just begs to be filmed -- which, come to think of it, it has been.
January 1, 2000
As directed by Edward Zwick, the yarn doesn't so much sweep as sprawl across the screen in all its panoramic idiocy.
January 1, 2000
We see ... misery, betrayal, heartbreak, ridiculous plot twists and, after he sustains a stroke, Hopkins apparently doing a composite impression of Popeye and Quasimodo.
January 1, 2000
The kind of movie that doesn't require much effort to surrender to and enjoy.