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Maverick Reviews

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September 2, 2014
Maverick is quintessential summer fare, an unpretentious no-brainer that relies mostly on the star wattage of Gibson, Foster and old reliable James Garner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2014
[Maverick] succeeds, just barely, on the good will of its stars and the sumptuousness of its Western locations.
September 2, 2014
By the time Donner crowds his climactic poker game with a bevy of veteran Western character actors, decades of movie tradition have been reduced to window dressing, and Maverick leaves you hungry for the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 2, 2014
[Gibson and Garner] can make you smile contentedly even when the script is wandering and they're just sort of standing around waiting for its next good part to develop.
September 2, 2014
Maverick is smart-alecky without being very smart. It's full of spoofy, har-dee-har-har ribaldries -- this film practically winks at you.
September 2, 2014
This movie doesn't have the wry kick of the TV show at its best. Too rich, too loaded, Maverick may have misplayed its cards, kept its eyes on the pot instead of the players. In movies, as in poker, you can't always trust a pat hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 2, 2014
Goldman and director Richard Donner don't know when to stop mining a gag and to move on. That the film runs in excess of two hours is indicative of the filmmakers' love affair with scenes that don't work.
September 2, 2014
It's cleverly crafted, and you can't help enjoying it even when you know it's manipulating you as brazenly as a poker dealer with tricky fingers and a well-stacked deck.
September 2, 2014
Somewhere about halfway through Hour Two, you might find yourself looking at your watch and wondering, 'Like, when is this movie going to begin?'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 2, 2014
We can close the competition for the most entertaining of the current spate of feature movies based on old TV shows.
September 2, 2014
Maverick never takes itself seriously, which establishes the tone for serious fun. Goldman's screenplay is a model of ingenuity, setting increasingly complicated traps for the three leads, and rather amazed that they wriggle free.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 2, 2014
Maverick reminds us of what killed the western in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2014
Despite the attention of master scriptwriter William Goldman, this gentle tribute to the hit comedy western TV series missed a golden opportunity for a razor-sharp spoof. There's no doubt the stars had a ball, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 30, 2012
Facetious and cynical, Mel Gibson's star vehicle is glossy and superficially enteratining, but doesn't begin to approximate the charm of James Garner and the original TV series.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 7, 2011
True deft wit is just plum missing from this good-natured, flat-footed, eager-to- please, tee-hee Western.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 17, 2011
...an easygoing diversion that could've (and should've) been so much better...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2009
This one has it all - romance, comedy, action and high-spirited adventure!
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 6, 2008
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Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 25, 2008
Everyone on board seems to be having enormous fun.
March 25, 2008
It's an enjoyable family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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