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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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  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. 88
    Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    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. First and last, Appaloosa is the slow-but-sure story of the friendship between Virgil and Everett, one a man of action surprised by emotion, the other a man of emotion surprised by action.
  4. 70
    In all, Appaloosa is good as far as it goes--everything in it feels true--but I wish that Harris had pushed his ideas further.
  5. 67
    As with many other mediocre actor-directors, Harris' attention to the performances, including his own fine turn, has cost him in other areas.
  6. Appaloosa wobbles and wanders, promising to take a fresh look at those old myths, only to lapse back into weary convention.
  7. 25
    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: 18 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. JaredC.
    Sep 18, 2008
    8
    2008's No Country for Old Men, but what it should've got in the reviews. Personally No Country's over rated. But damn, is Appaloosa is what Unforgiven fans and western lovers like. Expand
  3. JohnC.
    Feb 12, 2009
    8
    Its a good old fashion western. I loved it.
  4. MM
    Oct 12, 2008
    4
    Ed Harris' ego trip. Film rips off HIgh Plains Drifter plus sidekick. Renee Zellwegger is expressionless but we root for Jeremy Irons as the bad guy. The script was crying for dialogue. Take the yellow lens off the camera. Lots of missed opprtunities. Expand
  5. BobH.
    Oct 11, 2008
    3
    This movie was VERY slow. Things happen without explanation. Good acting, better directing is desired.
  6. NickJ.
    Oct 11, 2008
    2
    While I did enjoy Mr. Mortensen's character and the slowly unfolding pace of Appaloosa, it is a Frankenstein of a western, built mostly of cliches. You get it all: the well read / no good varmint running roughshod over the frightened citizens of a lawless town, the strong and silent lawmen who aint no heroes, saloon whores, horse raiding Injuns, Chinese waiters speaking broken English... For God's sakes it ends with a literal ride into the sunset! It'd be riot if it wasn't so darned earnest. Expand
  7. JoshuaM.
    Oct 10, 2008
    0
    A western about westerns. This movie was awful.

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