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  • Summary: In this Academy Award winning western, Eastwood and Freeman are down-on-their-luck outlaws who pick up their guns one last time in order to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of remote Big Whiskey, Wyoming.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    80
    If Unforgiven occasionally overstates its case, this is the best work Eastwood has done as a director since The Outlaw Josey Wales 16 years ago.
  6. Plays out its drama with enough old-fashioned sobriety to lend the proceedings a classical air, offering the comfort of familiarity rather than the thrill of discovery. [13 Aug 1992]
  7. At the last, we're left with a film that tries to doll up a conventional genre with hints of depth, hoping to disguise the cross-dressing by putting it in the shape of an epic. Murnau, Mizoguchi, Ford, even you authors of the Book of Genesis, rest easy. [12 Oct 1992]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Aug 2, 2011
    10
    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. That is all you need for an outstanding movie. Well ofcourse all the other movie elements are there on an above average level, although I`m pretty sure it would still be a great flick without them. This movie presents a simple story about vengence and that`s it. You don`t need much more than that to make a western. But this story shows more to it when we see the movie. A broken drunkard who turns out to be the devil himself, his friend who got himself found in the wrong time and the wrong place and an aggressive gun tootin` cowboy who doesn`t really get it. Faced by a Sherriff who thinks he knows what is good and what is bad. Like every ten rated movie, this one has its own legendary scene - a saloon scene I`ve never seen in any other western movie. It is a story of the wild wild west, where hardly anyone was a real hero. There are no real heroes and there are no real villains. Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2013
    10
    Seriously great movie.

    From everything, to the message, to the characters, to the dialogue, to the directing, to the Morgan Freeman
    Unforgiven does everything nearly perfect.

    If you have to see one Clint Eastwood or one western in your life see Unforgiven, amazing film through and through.
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  4. Jul 22, 2011
    9
    clint eastwood has been long known for doing alot of great western movies in the old days and its been along time since we seen him in one . now he comes out with unforgiven which is reminisance of the old westerns with a new twist and take on it . alot more story driven with well devolped charicters and yet we still get that bad ass gun slinger out of eastwood that we remember from him . its a good way for him to end his western film roles. he didnt go out with a wimper but a nice bang. Expand
  5. Aug 16, 2011
    9
    This is the best western I've seen. Very good history, very good actors and a very good film. One of the best movies I've seen too. And the final confrontation is epic. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. 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. Expand

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