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Open Range Reviews

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January 26, 2006
Handsomely mounted, as you would expect, Open Range has a good deal to commend it.
August 7, 2004
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.
August 21, 2003
A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2003
The casting of this film may be its greatest asset: Duvall and Costner have the easy familiarity of longtime partners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 19, 2003
Charley's crusty assessment of events -- 'Nothing that's been happening in this town is much of a surprise' -- is all too knowingly accurate.
August 18, 2003
A movie that seeks no higher calling than to entertain us the way Hollywood used to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 15, 2003
Open Range has too much of what its title portends.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2003
Has a pace as laconic as its director's screen persona.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2003
Open Range is a Western in which the carts pull the horses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 15, 2003
Purty but shallow.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 15, 2003
An awesome compendium of cowboy-movie cliches. It borders on parody, and often crosses the border, rustling up a drove of oater aphorisms.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2003
Open Range is too talky, too corny and too long. Yet it gets so much right, from its simple affection for the sight of horses at full gallop to a climactic gunfight that sets a new standard for wit and excitement and right- eous revenge.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 15, 2003
A juicy, character-driven western with a real plot that spins a hypnotic narrative.
August 15, 2003
A solidly crafted and entertaining old-school western.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2003
There's a fine little western lurking inside Open Range: Too bad it gets drowned out by director Kevin Costner's pretentiousness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 15, 2003
This is a great two-hour motion picture. Unfortunately, it runs 20 minutes longer than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2003
A great and beautiful Western in the classic vein.
Read More | Original Score: A+
August 15, 2003
If the climax of Open Range is disappointing, the ending is almost intolerable, as the plot descends into a twinkling love story, and Costner reverts to filmmaking aimed at 12-year-olds.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2003
The first two hours of Open Range are a great pleasure, and the final minutes come as a vague indigestion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2003
Open Range is not in the same league with Dances, but this compelling drama stands on its own as one of the best films of the summer.
August 15, 2003
A patient, suspenseful exercise in genre craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2003
A fine, old-fashioned 2 1/4 hours at the Bijou.
August 15, 2003
Although Open Range is far from perfect, it offers some of the rudimentary pleasures of the Western.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 15, 2003
The year's first serious contender for big prizes.
August 15, 2003
An imperfect but deeply involving and beautifully made Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 14, 2003
Western fans with a hankering to see one the way they used to make 'em will get an eyeful in "Open Range."
August 14, 2003
A sincere, big-hearted attempt to revive the classic westerns of John Ford and Howard Hawks, Open Range is more good than bad.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 14, 2003
A ponderous drag.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 14, 2003
Open Range resembles a graduation ceremonies address. It's long, a tad pompous and sprinkled with occasional kernels of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 14, 2003
A harmless but singularly unremarkable oater that takes a long time to reach the Big Shootout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 14, 2003
Costner is not the most exuberant actor, but, for the most part, that's an asset here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 14, 2003
A Western without irony or innovation, without any of the overt efforts toward 'revisionism' we've come to expect even from Eastwood.
August 14, 2003
Costner shows an exacting instinct for how to build a shoot-'em-up from the ground up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 14, 2003
Roaming the Old West with old hands like Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner is always worthwhile.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 11, 2003
Too many lengthy silences and butt-scratching pauses.
August 11, 2003
This is one of the finest Westerns since Unforgiven.