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Maverick Reviews

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
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 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-
March 25, 2008
There can be little doubt that a whole new generation is about to discover the charm, wit and fun of Maverick.
February 9, 2006
A financially successful exercise in target-marketing, but not much of a movie.
May 20, 2003
Maverick exploits and undermines every western cliche from gunfights to war-whooping Indians to runaway stagecoaches and heroes hanging off cliffs.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
Affectionate, amiable, eager-to-please, in a TV-movieish sort of way.
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