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Maverick Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 28, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The television show offered viewers the pleasure of watching scoundrels being deceived. The movie version is about deception as well, but this time the folks being cheated are all in the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
November 22, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 5, 2003
Mildly amusing - for about 35 seconds.
| Original Score: 1/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Ho hum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
It may make the $100 million, but it is not a well-made film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A gaudy reincarnation of the TV series with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner flashing diamonds, breaking hearts and clubbing cliches damn near to death.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 3, 2002
unrelentingly smug, for no good reason
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 2, 2014
Maverick reminds us of what killed the western in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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

TV Guide
March 25, 2008
Formula Hollywood filmmaking at its shallowest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The first lighthearted, laugh-oriented family Western in a long time, and one of the nice things about it is, it doesn't feel the need to justify its existence. It acts like it's the most natural thing in the world to be a Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Maverick may be as close as anything comes to a perfect summer movie (as opposed to a perfect movie).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
A relatively enjoyable film that updates the western character Brett Maverick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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