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Major Dundee Reviews

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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2005
The new Dundee plugs some of the story holes but, sadly, it's still a plodding affair that's low on plausible character motivation and compelling action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 29, 2005
Major Dundee, not a great movie but a great star-driven, big budget 1965 studio western, is back in all its fractured glory and confidence.
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Todd McCarthy
April 11, 2005
It's gratifying to see Sony expending such effort on an important but admittedly second-tier picture.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 7, 2005
Sam Peckinpah's famously butchered 1965 western, Major Dundee, has been returned to the big screen in a form that is closer to the director's original vision.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 23, 2005
It's an ode to the unstable, explosive force that was Sam Peckinpah, as well as to the powerful studio system that crushed him and kept him down.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 20, 2005
The restored version becomes a near masterpiece--a most powerful but fragmented western of epic proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 5, 2005
Peckinpah's first patently runaway-train production seems less a restored classic than a missing link in the breakdown of Hollywood genre hegemony.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 8, 2005
The movie still isn't great, but it's an important remonstration to that oldest of all studio-system curses: the producer who thinks he's more creative than the director.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2005
Still a mess of great scenes sprinkled among some fairly monotonous action. But it's never completely dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2005
No true Peckinpah-lover should pass it by.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 2, 2005
It's one of those flawed, fascinating films that are somehow more intriguing than many a smooth-cheeked blockbuster.
| Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2005
Giddy-up, Western lovers. This one is worth the return engagement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
April 21, 2005
Testosterone Valhalla ... This newly restored version proves to be one of the most purely enjoyable, least thorny examples of [Peckinpah's] work.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2005
Sam Peckinpah's crippled film plays best as a dry run for The Wild Bunch.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
March 8, 2008
Very disappointing Peckinpah western "classic" is not even near such.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 22, 2005
It's richer and more interesting, partly because some motivations have been cleared up, partly because the music isn't a burden and partly because we now can see that this was all leading to the creation of a truly great film four years later.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 14, 2005
It's not a masterpiece, but its story of Civil War enemies banding together for battle against Indian warriors and French soldiers packs an occasional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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