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Pale Rider Reviews

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May 27, 2011
Though the metaphysical overtones of the screenplay are sometimes awkwardly handled and Eastwood's direction of actors (other than himself) is occasionally uncertain, this was one of the better American films of 1985.
October 26, 2008
Pale Rider does nothing to disprove the wisdom that this genre is best left to the revival houses. A double feature of Shane and Eastwood's High Plains Drifter will do just fine, thanks.
October 26, 2008
It had been so long since a quality western had hit America's screens that it appears as if Eastwood purposely set out to remind audiences of all the elements that make the genre work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 26, 2008
It's all been seen before, but Eastwood serves it up with authority, fine craftsmanship and a frequent sense of fun.
September 12, 2008
His saddle bag is a mixed one, though Pale Rider still has the touch of quality associated with latter-day Eastwood. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 1, 2008
...who else would you want coming to your rescue than the Preacher Man With No Name?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 16, 2008
It's a lightweight, easygoing affair, reminiscent of some of Hawks' or Ford's lesser Westerns.
June 20, 2007
Eastwood's mythic Western divided film critics: Some were baffled by the audacity of his playing a religious figure, while others claimed he was just embodying the mysterious knight-stranger, a common character in classic Westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 9, 2006
It's good to be back in the saddle again.
July 14, 2005
Not Clint's best western, but entertaining enough.
| Original Score: 3/5
March 31, 2005
A severely underrated western, one of Eastwood's most stylish.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2004
Clint's return to westerns is just ok.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2004
One of Eastwood's best oaters
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2004
[Eastwood] understands so well how he works on the screen that the movie has a resonance that probably was not even there in the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 22, 2004
Clint Eastwood stars as the mysterious stranger who arrives in a town and challenges the citizens to fight evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
A lesser Western by Eastwood's standards, but many a filmmaker would consider this a career high point.
May 20, 2003
I'm just now beginning to realize that, though Mr. Eastwood may have been improving over the years, it's also taken all these years for most of us to recognize his very consistent grace and wit as a filmmaker.
April 24, 2003
See it if you haven't.
| Original Score: 5/5
April 13, 2003
Eastwood in fine form.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
The cowboys of the Old West ride again in this tried and proven Western from Clint Eastwood.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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