Dances with Wolves

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 160

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User Reviews

  1. BennettM.
    Dec 20, 2003
    4
    New-Agey garbage.
  2. Li
    Jan 30, 2007
    4
    This grossly overrated film works only if you live in some strange reality where being extremely naive and foolhardy doesn't get you immediately killed and poo-pooed at. The protagonist evokes neither awe nor sympathy, just sad pity for a deluded has-been. However, the cinematography is admittedly beautiful (but not stunning).
  3. YoonC.
    Sep 15, 2003
    6
    Preachy and predictable, sentimental washing of hog than dancing with wolf, a sort of revisionist New Agey fantasy of white man befriending, indeed playing, Indian. Still, grand vistas and attention to authenticity make it worth at least one viewing, but only on the big screen.
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    63
    Smoothly directed by Kevin Costner, who also gives a sensitive performance in the leading role. The screenplay is often trite, however, and there's no reason for the picture's three-hour length. [9 Nov 1990, Arts, p.12]
  2. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    75
    The picture moves slowly but never sluggishly, and it never grinds down. The measured pace shows real assurance on the part of Costner. [9 Nov 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    88
    A three-hour delight… The movie generates much of its power by being so life-affirming at a time when people feel nervous about the future. [9 Nov 1990, Friday, p.C]