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Shane Reviews

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James Plath
Family Home Theater
March 30, 2016
To a degree, Shane employs the good-guy/bad-guy stereotypes that characterize Westerns. But it's more complex than that.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Manny Farber
The Nation
September 5, 2012
It is a movie that takes its own measured, deliberate time finding ways to increase your pleasure.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
"Come back, Shane!" Classic Western for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2010
Western Poetry in Technicolor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
August 2, 2010
Despite being burdened with grand pretensions, George Steven's Shane stands securely as one of the most intelligent westerns of its era.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2008
The direction is deliberate, but the attention to detail is impressive, and the perfromances of Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd, and Brandon De Wilde are so good and restrained that they overcome the social-mythical types they're playing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 22, 2008
A maravilhosa fotografia que explora as amplas locações e a força do elenco já seriam o bastante para criar um ótimo trabalho. Mas é a riqueza psicológica do misterioso protagonista e de sua relação com os Starrett que torna o filme inesquecível.
| Original Score: 5/5
Richard Luck
November 13, 2007
Shane isn't just one of the best movies of its genre or decade -- it's one of the finest films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

TV Guide
July 2, 2007
It's the western styled as Arthurian legend, flawlessly cast, undeniably splendid.
Top Critic
William Brogdon
July 2, 2007
Wyoming's scenic splendors against which the story is filmed are breathtaking. Sunlight, the shadow of rain storms and the eerie lights of night play a realistic part in making the picture a visual treat.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 2, 2007
Here, as too often in his career, Stevens is aiming to have the last word on a genre: everything aims for 'classic' status, and everything falters in a mire of artsiness and obtrusive technique.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Stevens' classic Western, with its inflated reputation, now looks as if it were self-consciously intended as a landmark film right from the start.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 31, 2004
If the Western is the quintessential American mythology, Shane is its great knight-samurai archetype: stern in battle, mild with women and children, siding with the wronged.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 13, 2004
An adult Western for those who still want to believe that there are guardian angels out there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
For Shane contains something more than beauty and the grandeur of the mountains and plains, drenched by the brilliant Western sunshine and the violent, torrential, black-browed rains...
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 6, 2003
...This isn't just a western; it's a masterwork in which every little detail seems to contribute to the intensity in the air.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 13, 2002
Arguably, the best American western ever made
| Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
August 4, 2002
The indelible, mythic granddaddy of post-modern Westerns.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
June 27, 2002
Despite being burdened with grand pretensions, Shane stands securely as one of the most intelligent westerns of its era
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Null
July 25, 2001
One of the great westerns, a film that inspired many which would follow it.
| Original Score: 4/5
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