Broken Trail

  • Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2006
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 51
  2. Negative: 4 out of 51

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  1. BeckyD
    Jun 26, 2006
    4
    Loving Bobby Duval and a faithful AMC watcher, I was disappointed with Broken Trail. Expecting an old fashioned family friendly western, I was taken aback especially during the opening scenes. With the protitution theme running throughout, I quickly tired of graphic tellings of houses of ill repute. Open Range is the measure to which I compare other attempts at westerns. This one misses Loving Bobby Duval and a faithful AMC watcher, I was disappointed with Broken Trail. Expecting an old fashioned family friendly western, I was taken aback especially during the opening scenes. With the protitution theme running throughout, I quickly tired of graphic tellings of houses of ill repute. Open Range is the measure to which I compare other attempts at westerns. This one misses the mark significantly. Expand
  2. WayneC
    Jun 26, 2006
    4
    Although any western movie with Robert Duvall is worth watching, Broken Trail does a disservice by perpetuating the myth that 19th century whites intentionally gave items to Indians that contained smallpox and other viruses. Yes the native population was hit hard by smallpox in the late 1830s. But they were infected accidently, not on purpose. In fact, many whites tried to keep Indians Although any western movie with Robert Duvall is worth watching, Broken Trail does a disservice by perpetuating the myth that 19th century whites intentionally gave items to Indians that contained smallpox and other viruses. Yes the native population was hit hard by smallpox in the late 1830s. But they were infected accidently, not on purpose. In fact, many whites tried to keep Indians away from the trading posts to reduce their chances of getting smallpox but they came anyway. The Broken Trail website even talks about "biological warfare" to exterminate the Indians. It did not happen. Since most of the people watching Broken Trail aren't well-versed in Western History, they will take "Smallpox Bob" as gospel. It is simply not true. Expand
  3. JeriW
    Jun 27, 2006
    6
    Thought the writing was choppy.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A gorgeous piece of cinema.
  2. This elegant, shaggy dog of a 19th-century western takes us on a painfully human journey across the old West.
  3. 75
    A richly entertaining winner, a saga that both stirs the emotions and whips up vivid outbursts of satisfying, varmint-vanquishing action.