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The Searchers Reviews

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Ronald Holloway
Variety
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
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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
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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
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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
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The final shot of this genuine epic says everything the Western ever had to say about the price of the American frontier and those forgotten bones upon which a nation was built.