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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 11, 2003
Too many lengthy silences and butt-scratching pauses.
Todd Gilchrist
August 15, 2003
Open Range is not the Western's last hurrah, but it may be Costner's.
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
August 13, 2003
A long, slow-moving Western. But the killing is good!
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 14, 2003
Somewhere in there is a pretty good western. If only we could see more of it amid the ballast.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kit Bowen
August 15, 2003
Kevin Costner's Open Range only proves it's time for this cowboy to hang up his spurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
June 9, 2008
Something like...It's a Wonderful Life, only rich in slaughter.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
August 12, 2003
Kevin Costner rises up from the carcass of his career to produce, direct and star in a flaccid ode to the classic Western.
| Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
August 14, 2003
Costner delivers black-and-white simplifications -- the unequivocally right, justified in doing whatever they want against the demonized wrong. It's a film for the George W. Bush era.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 15, 2003
Filled with clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 14, 2003
A strange mix of the grand and the hackneyed that it never really gets its bearings -- even though, at its best, it reminds us how grand, impure and potentially alive the Western genre can be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
August 14, 2003
The actors are so good that you could almost live with the man's- gotta -do-what -a-man's -gotta-do excesses of Craig Storper's script.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 14, 2003
A harmless but singularly unremarkable oater that takes a long time to reach the Big Shootout.
| Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 14, 2003
A ponderous drag.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 15, 2003
Purty but shallow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2003
Open Range is a Western in which the carts pull the horses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 15, 2003
Open Range has too much of what its title portends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
September 8, 2003
It takes forever to get to where we've been before -- way out West, where the sun set on the western a long, long time ago.
John Venable
August 22, 2003
The clumsy dialogue shows no respect for the audience and essentially derails what could've been a very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 20, 2004
... needs a better story, better characters, better source material; and fewer aphorisms, fewer long glances and sweeping scores, fewer chunks of cheese.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
September 1, 2003
Open Range is a bad case of a much too open-minded director in terrible need of a good lasso
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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