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Pale Rider Reviews

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Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.

TV Guide
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
Top Critic
Variety Staff
October 26, 2008
It's all been seen before, but Eastwood serves it up with authority, fine craftsmanship and a frequent sense of fun.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 16, 2008
It's a lightweight, easygoing affair, reminiscent of some of Hawks' or Ford's lesser Westerns.
Emanuel Levy
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+
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's good to be back in the saddle again.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 14, 2005
Not Clint's best western, but entertaining enough.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 31, 2005
A severely underrated western, one of Eastwood's most stylish.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 18, 2004
Clint's return to westerns is just ok.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 24, 2004
One of Eastwood's best oaters
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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.
Kevin A. Ranson
April 24, 2003
See it if you haven't.
| Original Score: 5/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
April 13, 2003
Eastwood in fine form.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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