Open Range


Open Range (2003)


Critic Consensus: Greatly benefiting from the tremendous chemistry between Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, Open Range is a sturdy modern Western with classic roots.


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Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst the turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for the loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm spirited Sue Barlow, a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul.

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Critic Reviews for Open Range

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (39)

Handsomely mounted, as you would expect, Open Range has a good deal to commend it.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Just about everything in this movie has its antecedent: a little bit of Shane here, a chunk of High Noon there, and so on. And yet it's all rather pleasing, in a regressive sort of way.

Aug 7, 2004

A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale.

Aug 21, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

The casting of this film may be its greatest asset: Duvall and Costner have the easy familiarity of longtime partners.

Aug 21, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Charley's crusty assessment of events -- 'Nothing that's been happening in this town is much of a surprise' -- is all too knowingly accurate.

Aug 19, 2003 | Full Review…

A movie that seeks no higher calling than to entertain us the way Hollywood used to.

Aug 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Open Range


Recent quality western that many may have missed. Check it out!

Dean King
Dean King

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Overlong but with a nice sweep, excellent music choices and good performances.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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As a Western character study you couldn't do much better, the give and take between Duvall and Costner, the old man and the kid (10 years on), the glue holding the piece, with Bening doing very well as a strong frontier woman. And Gambon is a surprise as the ruthless cattle baron. Well worth your time.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Story: Super boring Final shootout scene? One of the greatest western action set-pieces of all time. Watch for that scene and that scene alone.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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