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The Lone Ranger Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
This isn't the complete disaster of Wild Wild West, but that's only because none of the $250 million was spent to turn Kenneth Branagh into a mechanical spider.
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
September 22, 2013
Depp has done the kooky, costumed character shtick so many times, it's no longer surprising to see him bury his index finger into the desert sand, then lick it
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 6, 2013
Frustrating, lazy and lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 8, 2013
Your expectations of how bad The Lone Ranger is can't trump the reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
July 3, 2013
It's as obsessive and overbearing as Steven Spielberg's "1941"-and, I'll bet, as likely to be re-evaluated twenty years from now, and described as "misunderstood."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 3, 2013
Somewhere, around the hour-and-a-half mark, The Lone Ranger makes the fateful decision not to end. Worse, the movie keeps not-ending for another full hour.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 3, 2013
When it comes to mining boys' adventure stories, defaming pirates may be fair game, but stories about western justice and native Americans? Not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 3, 2013
Who, exactly, was this bipolar oater made for?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 3, 2013
Director Gore Verbinski has adopted the more-is-better approach he used in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, crowding the movie with so many extraneous characters and subplots that the film becomes an endurance test.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 3, 2013
A wild, wacky, wide-screen reimagining of the vintage radio serial and TV series, the film - with Armie Hammer in the hat and mask, galloping across Texas righting wrongs, and Depp as his trusty Indian sidekick, Tonto - is an epic good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 3, 2013
I mean, no wonder Depp's in disguise. No wonder Hammer wears a mask. Wouldn't you?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 3, 2013
"The Lone Ranger" is a pounding headache of a movie - loud, dumb, overlong and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2013
The real problem with the new "Lone Ranger" is that, for those who are familiar with the multibillion-dollar "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, there is little fresh or exciting about what we have here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 3, 2013
Shot mostly across scenic landscapes in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, including Monument Valley, [it acts] as a visual tribute to some of the great Westerns of history shot by the likes of John Ford. This Lone Ranger won't be joining their ranks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 2, 2013
If anything, it's overstuffed with imagination and ideas, and when it comes to Hollywood movies I very much prefer that to the default setting. See it with an open mind, and you may well be surprised.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 2, 2013
A stone-faced Depp fails to generate even the stinky charm of his mascaraed Jack Sparrow, and in fact almost everyone here comes off badly.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 2, 2013
Despite its impressively staged set pieces, The Lone Ranger can't survive the epic train wreck resulting from its own tonal clashes, wherein mournful scenes of genocide and stolen immigrant labor are tastelessly juxtaposed with silly slapstick humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2013
The sort of movie that delivers too much too late and still manages to make it feel like too little.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 2, 2013
Except for the dynamite finale, "The Long Ranger" feels like a long, slow ride to the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 2, 2013
In trying to balance grandiosity with playfulness, to lampoon cowboy-and-Indian clichés while taking somber account of a history of violence, greed and exploitation, it descends into nerve-racking incoherence.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 2, 2013
The Lone Ranger is too often as vast and empty as Utah's Monument Valley. Only the film's wide stretches aren't awe-inspiring so much as much as tiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 2, 2013
It's not until the last 15 minutes, when "The William Tell Overture" arrives in its full glory, that this starts to feel a little like The Lone Ranger. But that's too little, too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 2, 2013
It's got too much on its mind, and it's unsure of its tone. This is the rough cut of a slimmer, better movie.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
July 2, 2013
Not even performers as game as Armie Hammer, in the title role, and as inspired as Johnny Depp, as Tonto, can yoke the divergent ambitions of Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2013
A movie for the whole family to avoid... 2 1/2 of the longest hours on record, a jumbled botch that is so confused in its purpose and so charmless in its effect that it must be seen to be believed, but better yet, no. Don't see it, don't believe it...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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July 2, 2013
Johnny Depp serves as the weirdo emcee, leading the audience through a 149-minute bill of visual gags, left-field references, bit characters, John Ford and Sergio Leone impressions, and eccentric framing devices.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 2, 2013
The film is a bloated, incoherent would-be epic that stumbles like a horse that stepped in too many plot holes and came up lame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 2, 2013
Hammer plays the Lone Ranger as a clueless, stolid square, and the resulting contrast with Depp's cartoonishness isn't odd-couple funny, just blah.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 2, 2013
The Lone Ranger succeeds on all counts -- perhaps too well. The movie is so imaginative, so brimming with ideas that it can't quite decide what to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 2, 2013
How/why/wherefore did it turn out this way? The evidence suggests a combination of hubris, errant revisionism, a misguided and perverse degree of violence, and a script that never worked in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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July 2, 2013
There's a couple of hundred million dollars' worth of technical wizardry up there on screen, and nothing is at stake.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 2, 2013
Like watching an elephant tap dance in your living room: Everything gets trampled and the dancing's not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 2, 2013
"The Lone Ranger" is a frustrating exercise in overkill, a kind-of, sort-of interesting idea buried in summer-movie excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 2, 2013
Not quite a parody but broader than an homage, The Lone Ranger fights itself at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 2, 2013
[A] bloated, misshapen mess, a stillborn franchise loaded with metaphors for its feeble attempts to amuse, excite and entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 2, 2013
It's not quite funny enough to be a comedy, nor quite exciting enough to be an action film - until the last 20 minutes or so, when it's a little too late.
| Original Score: 2/4
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William Goss
Film.com
July 1, 2013
It's the end result of a calculated brand - two and a half hours of 'fun' in air quotes.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 1, 2013
There's a limit, it turns out, to how much Johnny Depp and a bucket of makeup can accomplish.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 1, 2013
It's a 2 1/2-hour slog, with tonal inconsistencies and monotonous, drawn-out action sequences. Scenes alternate between frenetic and tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 1, 2013
The Lone Ranger has it all, but what you end up with is not much. It's an extravagantly squandered opportunity.
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
July 1, 2013
In the end, The Lone Ranger is one hot mess -- an entertaining one, to be sure, but still a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 1, 2013
This attempt for another Pirates of the Caribbean-scaled series tries to have it too many ways tonally, resulting in a work that wobbles and thrashes all over the place.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 1, 2013
It's all too much and not enough-a succession of disparate, can-you-top-this episodes inelegantly piling up like skidding cars on a freeway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
July 1, 2013
Delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but sucks out the fun in the process ...
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 30, 2013
Since it's impossible to simultaneously sacrifice and worship a sacred cow, The Lone Ranger feels schizophrenic, a state of affairs that would be forgivable if it delivered as a comedy or Western or even as an brainless piece of summer entertainment.