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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.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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
    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
    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
    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 27, 2010
    Hey, what do you know, it's Clint Eastwood's least depressing movie! :D (and a damn fine Western at that). It truly deserves to live alongside John Ford's finest films. Expand
  3. MikeS.
    Jul 23, 2006
    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is certainly a great western with many philosophical layers. It is a thinking-man's movie.
  4. Aug 2, 2011
    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
  5. Jul 22, 2011
    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
  6. Dec 15, 2012
    Unforgiven is the best western ever made. I'm not a fan of the genre, but this movie is just flat-out brilliant. It has great acting, writing and photography. It makes you think about perceptions of good and evil... And it has one of the most badass climaxes ever! Expand
  7. Aug 9, 2014
    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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