Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 100
    This dark, melancholic film is a reminder -- never more necessary than now -- of what the American cinema is capable of, in the way of expressing a mature, morally complex and challenging view of the world. [7 Aug 1992]
  2. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    100
    But in the genre, as both a movie and a conscious addition to the ongoing celluloid Western mythology, the film is a masterpiece, a stunning and awe-inspiring statement.
  3. 100
    Simultaneously heroic and nihilistic, reeking of myth but modern as they come, it is a Western for those who know and chrish the form, a film that resonates with the spirit of films past while staking out a territory quite its own. [7 Aug 1992]
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    Unforgiven questions the rules of a macho genre, summing up and maybe atoning for the flinty violence that made Eastwood famous. [10 Aug 1992]
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    100
    Clint Eastwood has crafted a tense, hard-edged, superbly dramatic yarn that is also an exceedingly intelligent meditation on the West, its myths and its heroes.
  6. It's powerful entertainment. [22 Sept 1992, p.A16(E)]
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    100
    Under its leathery hide is a genuine compulsion to de-romanticize Western gunfighting. Every bullet in this movie matters, and by the end Munny's alcohol-fuelled, satanic purposefulness is shocking: in the climax, even his choice of victims has a crazy excess. [10 Aug 1992, p.70]
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    The cast is universally strong. Hackman, Freeman and Harris don't do anything they haven't done before, but the roles suit their personae to a degree where they approach archetypal status.
  9. 90
    Unforgiven is the most provocative western of Eastwood's career, and with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris along for the ride, it's also the most potently acted.
  10. Exults in the hard-riding romanticism of classic Westerns, but it takes revisionist stock too. It dismounts at places usually left in the dust -- the oppressed lot of women, the loneliness of untended children, adult illiteracy and the horrible last moments of the dying.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    It's the actor/director's best movie - and the best Western by anybody in over 20 years. [7 Aug 1992]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Aug 9, 2014
    4
    Unforgiven is a boring, meandering effort from Eastwood. It goes between the two plot lines but never really makes it interesting. The script is a bit cliché, and it tries too hard to impress everyone, especially the Academy. I'm very surprised that it won Best Picture, but at the same time, I'm not surprised. Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2012
    10
    First off, this would be a 9.5 out of 10. Great western film. Acting is good. Morgan is good, and Clint is really good. Score all right. Story is amazing. A great tale of the wild, old west. Action is also well done. Overall, unforgiven is great. It is best picture material, and one of the best westerns. You have to see this movie. Full Review »
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    8
    Eastwood was consecrated by movies westerns, but only two ever had total control and chances to impose their point of view before starting the review is important to note, DIRECTOR CLINT EASTWOOD is much more sensitive and emotional than the actor clint esatwood, so in short: it creates a film that reflects on the violence contained in the westers spent dealing with more realistic and dramatic way, that alone would be worth it to watch the movie together as their performances, but perhaps his only problem is his swelling principamelte late in the first and following up for the second act, yet it is given. Full Review »