|Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: August 15, 2003||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
In this handsomely traditional movie, Kevin Costner has tried to fix the Western myth for all time in the stern contours of Duvalls face and the guttural beauty of his voice. [1 September 2003, p. 130]
A fine, heartfelt film, sometimes harrowing in its violence but blessedly free of pretension or bombast, even though it aspires to -- and achieves -- the stature of a classic Western.
Here is a Western without irony or innovation, without any of the overt efforts toward revisionism weve come to expect even from Eastwood -- a movie that waxes elegiac about the end of the West, but remains sure that cowboys and cattle and ramshackle frontier towns will live on in perpetuity at the cinema. Read full review
Open Range could easily have lost 20 minutes in the editing room, but its very casual pacing and beautiful vistas - gorgeously photographed in British Columbia by James Munro - are a soothing alternative in a season of movies seemingly aimed at sufferers of attention deficit disorder. Read full review
The scenario recalls everything from "High Noon" to "Unforgiven," but Costner is less interested in grappling with the grim ambiguities underlying those films than in codifying them. There's still much to like, including the warm, thoughtful performances and cinematographer James Muro's fearless use of natural light. Read full review
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