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The Searchers Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
One of the better examples of the western genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 1, 2009
Call Ethan one widescreen reminder of fear and guilt for a country that deserved at least one.

May 13, 2008
A mature, dark, ambivalent piece that helped pave the way for the modern western.
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
An absolute must see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Cole Smithey
September 16, 2007
A truly great western.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Ronald Holloway
June 27, 2007
Some fine vignettes of frontier life in the early southwest and a realistic presentation of the difficulties faced by the settlers in carving out a homestead in dangerous Indian country.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2007
Through the central image of the frontier, the meeting point of wilderness and civilization, Ford explores the divisions of our national character, with its search for order and its need for violence, its spirit of community and its quest for independence

Empire Magazine
June 7, 2006
John Wayne at his best, striking cinematography and character ambiguity makes this a powerful and thought-provoking Wild West Odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 28, 2006
...a much more multi-layered Western than most other such examples of the genre, and it is surely a classic of its kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
May 3, 2006
One of Ford's undisputed masterpiecs and a quintessential text of the 1950s, a rare Western that explores the deep roots of racism (and sexism) in American life, and gives John Wayne his most complex performance as the anomic hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Cabin
April 5, 2006
The minute The Searchers begins, it's impossible to look away.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
February 18, 2006
John Wayne's best film, which says a prairie-full. Haunting, unforgettable.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There is perhaps some discrepancy in the play between Wayne's heroic image and the pathological outsider he plays here (forever excluded from home, as the doorway shots at beginning and end suggest), but it hardly matters, given the film's visual splendou
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 14, 2005
It may also be the best American movie, or at least the most American movie ....
Full Review| Original Score: A+
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
January 12, 2005
THE great American western.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
November 22, 2004
The Searchers's reputation is so widely accepted that it's a surprise to discover that the film, and Wayne's character, are more complex than the reputation suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 19, 2004
This is a film for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 26, 2003
A powerful piece of filmmaking -- one of Ford's best works -- and I'd urge anyone who hasn't seen it to do so -- and decide for themselves what the film is or isn't saying
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A rip-snorting Western, as brashly entertaining as they come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Damn, this is Wayne's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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