Ride With the Devil Reviews

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June 12, 2020
The acting gem in this two-and-a-half-hour epic is the hair-raising rivalry between Maguire and a feral young killer.
July 19, 2014
Like too many other young men in too many other wars, Maguire's Jake Roedel sees too much, and grows up too fast.
May 1, 2010
The Lawrence massacre provides no catharsis, only a sense of despair at the state of the human condition and at young men turned psychopaths.
April 26, 2010
the main characters, despite their various complexities, are never particularly compelling and therefore fail to draw us into (or help us make sense of) the film's abstract themes
April 26, 2010
Bucolic scenes of men at rest in beautiful wild landscapes and families gathered over meals in manors and homesteads are shattered by battles...
October 21, 2007
'It ain't right; it ain't wrong; it just is.' That line, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up Ride with the Devil.
January 15, 2005
This isn't the usual Civil War tale of learning to respect a man regardless of his race.... It's about how true freedom comes from love, from respect, and from self-sacrifice.
June 23, 2004
Lee is a master storyteller.
June 23, 2004
Sustains a standard of realism that can induce extraordinary tension.
June 18, 2003
Does for Civil War movies what 1991's Mobsters did for gangster movies.
June 6, 2003
November 6, 2002
Lee appears to have been torn between making a character study and an action movie, so both elements get short shrift.
September 6, 2002
Lacking the charisma of a truly great film... Ride with the Devil manages to succeed more in principle than it does in the moment.
April 3, 2002
Lee has cast his film with the cream of rising actors.
March 22, 2002
The intriguing (if not always successful) result is an oddly contemplative picture about a horribly bellicose time.
March 4, 2002
This rip-roaring adventure story presents a little known slice of Civil War history,
January 9, 2002
There's absolutely no emotional or sexual heat between Maguire and Jewel; they seem like kids playacting at grand passion.
July 24, 2001
Neither outstandingly good, nor bad. It's a reliable choice for the historical action keener.
April 17, 2001
While the movie intermittently revs up for some showy combat scenes, its real mtier is a texture of fine-grained observation that brings history to life on the molecular level.
February 14, 2001
It is a violent film that fails, at times, to be dramatically engaging...
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