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Open Range Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Handsomely mounted, as you would expect, Open Range has a good deal to commend it.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 21, 2003
A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 15, 2003
Has a pace as laconic as its director's screen persona.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 15, 2003
Purty but shallow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 15, 2003
A juicy, character-driven western with a real plot that spins a hypnotic narrative.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 15, 2003
A solidly crafted and entertaining old-school western.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 15, 2003
A great and beautiful Western in the classic vein.
| Original Score: A+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
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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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 15, 2003
A patient, suspenseful exercise in genre craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
A fine, old-fashioned 2 1/4 hours at the Bijou.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 15, 2003
Although Open Range is far from perfect, it offers some of the rudimentary pleasures of the Western.
| Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
The year's first serious contender for big prizes.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2003
An imperfect but deeply involving and beautifully made Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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."
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 14, 2003
A ponderous drag.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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+
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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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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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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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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 14, 2003
Roaming the Old West with old hands like Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner is always worthwhile.
| Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 11, 2003
Too many lengthy silences and butt-scratching pauses.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 11, 2003
This is one of the finest Westerns since Unforgiven.