Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 75
    Expanded, Major Dundee is still a mess of great scenes sprinkled among some fairly monotonous action.
  2. 50
    Keeps building to apocalyptic climaxes that never materialize. (Review of Original Release)
  3. It's not a masterpiece, but its story of Civil War enemies banding together for battle against Indian warriors and French soldiers packs an occasional wallop.
  4. If you want to see the missing link between John Wayne's squint and Clint Eastwood's sneer, look no further than Charlton Heston in Major Dundee.
  5. It's hard to imagine "The Wild Bunch" having the depth and grace it did without Peckinpah having this experience to draw on, and for that masterful film alone we're grateful to have Major Dundee back among the living again.
  6. The movie still isn't great, but it's an important remonstration to that oldest of all studio-system curses: the producer who thinks he's more creative than the director.
  7. 70
    As flawed as it is, Major Dundee maintains its dignity in the face of the injustices that were done to it. Ripped-up and ragtag, it still holds its head high.
  8. Sadly, it's still a plodding affair that's low on plausible character motivation and compelling action scenes, and it's still not much of a showcase for its star, Charlton Heston.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    An offbeat and sometimes jumbled western adventure film. (Review of Original Release)
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    More evident than ever the film is inherently a deeply flawed work that was far from fully realized in both script and shooting.
  11. What rescues Major Dundee in the end from its many conflicts and unresolved passions is Heston.
  12. What's important is that Major Dundee, not a great movie but a great star-driven, big budget 1965 studio western, is back in all its fractured glory and confidence.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 9, 2011
    9
    A flawed masterwork. You can see it going off track even with the added footage, but what a beautiful mess! Peckinpah more than made up for with the Wild Bunch. He got where Dundee misses right in spades!! Full Review »