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The Outlaw Josey Wales Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
July 27, 2016
Eastwood's laconic gunslinger leaves a trail of bodies and tobacco spit throughout the film, but the trajectory lies in his questioning of the Man-of-No-Name mold though interaction with the more earthbound humans.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
July 27, 2016
Clint Eastwood seized the directorial reins from Phil Kaufman and fashioned this tough, sprawling post-Civil War western epic into something approaching a personal testament.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
It's true enough that The Outlaw Josey Wales makes no attempt to hide its true nature, but that isn't to say it doesn't reward a closer look.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 8, 2011
Wales also possesses a touching emotional vulnerability that marks another significant step away from Eastwood's often-overcriticized "macho" image.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 25, 2011
An important movie in the maturation of Clint Eastwood as both actor and director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 30, 2011
Though the story is pat...there's pleasure to be had in the memorable one-liners, the irreverent humor...and the Western action against the backdrop of frontier scenery. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
The screenplay is another one of those violence revues, with carnage production numbers slotted every so often.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 5, 2009
It's a powerful, revisionist, revenge Western with many unique touches.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 26, 2008
[Eastwood] gets to the heart of the matter briskly, orchestrates his confrontations intelligently and gets off without lingering unduly over the resultant ugliness.

TV Guide
October 26, 2008
An underrated early directorial effort by Clint Eastwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2008
An epic journey to redemption, set against a riveting portrait of a battered country.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 26, 2007
Fun western character study
| Original Score: 4/5
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Phil Hardy
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Demonstrated Eastwood's ability to recreate his first starring role, as the mythic Man with No Name of the Italian Westerns, and to subtly undercut it through comedy and mockery.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 10, 2005
Eastwood whups 'em again
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
April 2, 2005
One of Eastwood's earliest 5-star Western classics.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Eastwood is such a taciturn and action-oriented performer that it's easy to overlook the fact that he directs many of his movies -- and many of the best, most intelligent ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 2, 2004
A top-notch Western.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
May 11, 2004
Eastwood's brooding, bloody masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
Karli Lukas
Senses of Cinema
May 10, 2004
Eastwood's constant re-sketching of and playful ambivalence towards Eastwood-as-Star is brilliantly illustrated in The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 17, 2004
Still Eastwood's best directorial effort for my money.
| Original Score: 3/5
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