Pale Rider - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Pale Rider Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's good to be back in the saddle again.
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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
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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.