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Silver City Reviews

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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 30, 2004
Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 24, 2004
Sayles opts to clutter his saga with a large ensemble of actors and a few too many subplots.
| Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 24, 2004
If Sayles' dialogue sounds elevated, that's only because it's being delivered from atop a mile-high soapbox.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 24, 2004
Sayles may be after the big picture of poisonous politics in Silver City, but it's the small strokes like Dreyfuss' that bring it to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
September 24, 2004
John Sayles' best film since Lone Star
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 24, 2004
This is Sayles' least coherent and certainly least satisfying film in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 23, 2004
Sayles has assembled a large, eclectic, talented cast.
| Original Score: B
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 22, 2004
Becomes mired in Sayles' weakness for enormous ensemble casts and murky plots. The guy can tell a great story when he wants to, but I guess sometimes he just doesn't want to.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 22, 2004
Sayles' prolix narrative, weighed down with subplots and characters and canvassing many social ills, dilutes the impact of a work that should nevertheless still make an impact on thoughtful viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
September 22, 2004
Packs a helluva punch for those willing to watch and listen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 22, 2004
Long, windy, diffuse in its message and blunt in its satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Annlee Ellingson
FilmStew.com
September 22, 2004
In a role clearly meant to skewer our Commander in Chief, Chris Cooper goes far deeper than impersonation with his antagonistic relationship with words and religious rebirth.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 22, 2004
John Sayles gives us a murder mystery highlighted by several cynical observations of current American politics. The plot as expected of Sayles is intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Heidi Martinuzzi
Film Threat
September 21, 2004
Slow paced, but interesting, Silver City is a decent flick that entertains primarily because of the political turmoil our own country is in right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 21, 2004
Tilting at windmills with dull ripostes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
September 21, 2004
Sayles' script is unwieldy and his cast so large that the characters don't get sufficiently developed. There's lots of quirky fun and dry humor here but it never quite gels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 21, 2004
An ambitious film bubbling over with provocative issues is ultimately tarnished by its emphasis on too many sketchy characters.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 20, 2004
The latest collection of op-ed pieces from writer/director John Sayles, whose movies are usually easier to respect than enjoy.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 19, 2004
Characters inhabit different movies, and the trademark Sayles complexity seems forced, not organic
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 19, 2004
Using Dickie Pilager as a stand-in for George W. Bush seems too coy a tactic for these scabrous times. For better or worse, we want the real -- or at least, the 'real' -- deal.
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