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The Searchers Reviews

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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+
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 2, 2001
Contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne's best performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 19, 2004
This is a film for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
July 28, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Chris Barsanti
January 29, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
September 16, 2007
A truly great western.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
The Searchers gets so close to greatness you can almost smell it. It's easy to see why Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and many others have championed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 13, 2002
A timeless classic, Wayne's most complex role. For anyone who says he cannot act, check this movie out!
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The quintessential American film about what it once meant to be American.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
Chris Cabin
April 5, 2006
The minute The Searchers begins, it's impossible to look away.
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 27, 2002 won't play as well with Native American audiences or with people sensitive to its inadvertent racism
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
One of the better examples of the western genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
A film that belongs to the category of so-called "important" movies - those which are remembered less by their own merit, and more by the way they influenced future film- makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
An absolute must see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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