Wyatt Earp


Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Kevin Costner's epic Wyatt Earp literally and figuratively gives you more of the legendary lawman than any of the other famous movies about him. [24 Jun 1994, p.47]
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Wyatt Earp is a fascinating ride to a West where darkness and heroism mingle, a triumph for Kasdan, Costner, Quaid and the company. It shows how, in this frontier crucible, love and death, honor and slaughter, friendship and a walk toward doom, are all linked together as well. [24 Jun 1994, p.F]
  3. 63
    Wyatt Earp's attempts to cover so many years lead to too many scenes with little emotional power. The film doesn't shoot blanks, and it is better than Tombstone, but, considering the names involved, a little disappointment isn't out of the question.
  4. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Peter Stack
    Every hair is in place in writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's epic-length Wyatt Earp. What's missing is a heart. Yet if this large-scale western is a bore, at least it's a beautiful one. [24 Jun 1994, p.C1]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. In some people's criticisms of the flick I usually see "he was dull" or "he didn't give the character life," and I have to disagree. In actuality he gave the best rendition of the real Wyatt Earp and his life. The movie is a biopic, and for historians like myself it served its purpose, in showing the life and true personality of a figure Hollywood overglamourized. Wyatt Earp was not the type to dance in the snow and was indeed a cold hearted SOB. I prefer this to Tombstone and no doubt Costner was better than Russell. And actually Quaid was the better Doc. I wouldn't say it was a classic movie and spaghetti western versions of the story might be more "entertaining," however the darkness of Costner's movie is chilling and is the version that gets more replay value from me. Full Review »
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    Wyatt Earp doesn't impress but it does manage not be a bad film also. Better direction and a better way of writing this cowboy epic and itWyatt Earp doesn't impress but it does manage not be a bad film also. Better direction and a better way of writing this cowboy epic and it might have been an enjoyable film. There's not much else to say. Full Review »
  3. LBooher
    May 15, 2010
    Too long and too involved, but great photography.