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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 17, 2015
Merely one of the greatest Westerns ever made, John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a genuine masterpiece, notable for (among other attributes) the immortal line, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide
April 29, 2013
A solid, if overrated, Ford western, one with its share of cliches and predictability. It's still fascinating to watch Wayne and Stewart deal with hellion Marvin in a changing West.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Luck
April 29, 2013
John Ford's last great film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is also one of the last classic Westerns to come out of Hollywood.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 29, 2013
There's much to say about it; the simplest is that it's both the most romantic of Westerns and the greatest American political movie.
Christopher Null
April 29, 2013
The Citizen Kane of westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 30, 2011
There is a purity to the John Ford style. His composition is classical. He arranges his characters within the frame to reflect power dynamics -- or sometimes to suggest a balance is changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 9, 2010
The best film about bullying ever made.
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Variety Staff
July 7, 2010
John Ford and the writers have somewhat overplayed their hands. They have taken a disarmingly simple and affecting premise, developed it with craft and skill to a natural point of conclusion, and then have proceeded to run it into the ground.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 9, 2010
The movie does not offer a clean-cut look at morality and heroes, who emerge from a reluctant position, but it does draw a definitive line between good and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 17, 2009 appropriate tribute to the passing of the Old West, and a fitting salute to the films of screen legend John Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2009
A great film, rich in thought and feeling, composed in rhythms that vary from the elegiac to the spontaneous.
Steve Crum
January 10, 2009
Superb John Ford--a western classic--with strong Wayne, Stewart, Marvin in tow.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
A remarkably complex and nuanced take on the Western.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 8, 2008
Remarkable John Ford Western.
Emanuel Levy
December 25, 2006
In one of his last (good) Westerns, John Ford draws even more explicitly the contrast between charismatic and legal authority, between the Wilderness of the West (John Wayne) and the values of the Civilization (Jimmy Stewart, from the East).
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 3, 2006
In their final Western together, Wayne and Ford gave the past a resounding send-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Ford's purest and most sustained expression of the familiar themes of the passing of the Old West, the conflict between the untamed wilderness and the cultivated garden, and the power of myth.
Willie Waffle
May 26, 2005
My favorite movie of all time
| Original Score: 5/5
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
A basically honest, rugged and mature saga has been sapped of a great deal of effect by an obvious, overlong and garrulous anticlimax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 17, 2004
When the movie becomes a legend, watch the legend.
| Original Score: 5/5
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