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The Outlaw Josey Wales Reviews

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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.
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Richard Eder
New York Times
May 21, 2003
A soggy attempt at a post-Civil War western epic.
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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.
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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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.
Scott Weinberg
April 2, 2005
One of Eastwood's earliest 5-star Western classics.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
Arguably Eastwood's best film, as both an actor and director.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Eastwood is just one of several interesting and three-dimensional characters in a story that is as much about the shape of the country at the close of the Civil War as it is an action Western.
Cole Smithey
August 3, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 5, 2009
It's a powerful, revisionist, revenge Western with many unique touches.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001
...welcome entertainment, straightforward Hollywood filmmaking at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 2, 2004
A top-notch Western.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 10, 2005
Eastwood whups 'em again
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 26, 2007
Fun western character study
| Original Score: 4/5
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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