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Maverick Reviews

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
September 2, 2014
[Maverick] succeeds, just barely, on the good will of its stars and the sumptuousness of its Western locations.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.

People Magazine
September 2, 2014
We can close the competition for the most entertaining of the current spate of feature movies based on old TV shows.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
David Parkinson
Radio Times
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
Emanuel Levy
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-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 17, 2011 easygoing diversion that could've (and should've) been so much better...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint Morris
Brag Magazine
February 3, 2009
This one has it all - romance, comedy, action and high-spirited adventure!
| Original Score: 3/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
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.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 25, 2008
It's an enjoyable family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leonard Klady
March 25, 2008
There can be little doubt that a whole new generation is about to discover the charm, wit and fun of Maverick.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A financially successful exercise in target-marketing, but not much of a movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 23, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
July 7, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Maverick exploits and undermines every western cliche from gunfights to war-whooping Indians to runaway stagecoaches and heroes hanging off cliffs.
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