Appaloosa

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  • Summary: In the small mining community of Appaloosa, a ruthless, powerful rancher named Randall Bragg has allowed his band of outlaws to run roughshod over the town. After the cold-blooded murder of Appaloosa's city marshal, Cole and Hitch are hired to bring the murderer to justice. (Warner Bros.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. 88
    Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
  2. 80
    The romantic subplot dovetails wonderfully with Harris' tribute to the genre's golden age. The moral quest of taming the West always thrived if a lady could be won in tandem.
  3. An old-fashioned Western with all the classic elements -- buddy loyalty, stalwart heroes, despicable villains, plenty of gunfights and marvelous wind-scoured desert landscapes -- marked by some modern ideas about relationships.
  4. 70
    Harris and Mortensen may not have the combined star power to push Appaloosa to the level of popularity of last year's "3:10," but the film is every bit as enjoyable, and, for traditionalists, more measured.
  5. As director, Harris takes this classical sense of the western too far, though, until it seems that the movie is carefully trying to keep the genre alive.
  6. It's less a western than a loping buddy picture.
  7. Played for Maverick-like comedy, the film might have coasted on Harris and Mortensen's dialogue. But played straight it's both dull and preposterous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 37
  2. Negative: 17 out of 37
  1. BEEsnider
    Jul 18, 2009
    10
    Great Cinematography, acting was superb, I have a feeling most people did not understand much of the story but hey, it's their loss.
  2. hughiec
    Sep 17, 2008
    9
    Exciting and quietly funny. Mortensen and Harris are great. Zellwegger pretty good too.
  3. BartJ.
    Sep 21, 2008
    8
    A good old-fashioned western.
  4. ShaneB.
    Oct 6, 2008
    5
    I was really looking forward to this movie. I read the book awhile back. The opening chapter of the book was incredibly intense and they I was really looking forward to this movie. I read the book awhile back. The opening chapter of the book was incredibly intense and they through that out. Alot of the efforts of the sidekick were thrown out. In the book he really had to cover for Ed Harris's character alot, Ed's character was a bigger social misfit than he appeared in the film. I think they really watered down the book leaving the movie with a slight pulse and I hate to say it but at times boring. The book is a short quick read, check it out. Oddly enough, A History of Violence, with Ed Harris and Vigo Mortensen, they did almost the same thing. Left out some great scenes and pivotal story elements, totally through out an important character from the graphic novel and completely rewrote the ending. Both of these movies would have been edgier, more convincing and offered a better movie going experience if they had remained a little truer to the books. I was anxious to see both of those movies and was fairly dissappointed after seeing both. I'm glad they made them, they are unique stories, alot different than alot of the other types of movies that are made. Expand
  5. GaryM.
    Oct 13, 2008
    3
    Dreadefully boring. A collection of oater cliches occupied about a third of the film, the other two thirds being spent in . . . meaningful Dreadefully boring. A collection of oater cliches occupied about a third of the film, the other two thirds being spent in . . . meaningful transitions? Studies of how little there really was to do in the Old West? Whatever. Expand
  6. JaquieM
    Jan 7, 2009
    2
    Renee, although sometimes a good actress, droned on and on in a wimpy, whiny way that was obnoxious - and she looked AWFUL. While I beleive Renee, although sometimes a good actress, droned on and on in a wimpy, whiny way that was obnoxious - and she looked AWFUL. While I beleive they may have uglied-her down a little, teh result was just terrible. Not an awful moviem but not what I expected. Viggo (who I normally love) didn't look all thet great either and seemed to be there merely to collect a check. In fact, after about thirty minutes of it, that's what I wanted to say: "Check please ... I'm outta here. Yup." Expand
  7. JoshuaM.
    Oct 10, 2008
    0
    A western about westerns. This movie was awful.

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