Tombstone is incredibly entertaining. While not entirely original and not always well executed, it manages to keep your attention for the entire 130-minute duration. And let's face it, Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday is what really sets it apart.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time! It has a great story and characters you can understand and enjoy. The acting is amazing and the movie has so many great quotes and scenes. Tombstone is a true masterpiece.
Kilmer makes a surprisingly effective and effete Holliday, but Russell lacks the stature for Earp - Sam Elliott as his older brother Virgil suggests a better movie. There's a misguided romantic subplot and the ending rather sprawls, but mostly this is rootin', tootin' entertainment with lots of authentic facial hair.
As much as these actors heroically struggle to focus the film, the director more successfully hacks it apart. But if you really love Westerns, despite its faults, it's got to be recommended for Kilmer's performance alone.
For the most part, Tombstone is inept. Some of the performances are wincingly bad: Dana Delany, playing a touring actress with the hots for Wyatt, is particularly embarrassing. Director George P. Cosmatos (Leviathan) firmly cements his hack status: He takes nearly an hour to get things rolling, then fails to build any sort of momentum. [25 Dec 1993, p.F1]
This is a masterpiece, and the story behind the making of the film is also fascinating.
Val Kilmer steals the show, and it's on purpose. Still, he put a lot of effort, and made Doc Holliday fascinating to watch.
Highly recommended, even if you're not into westerns.
This movie is vastly underrated. Kilmer's performance as Doc Holliday is arguably the greatest interpretation of a real western character in the the history of western filmmaking. It's not to be missed. If you haven't seen the movie, watch it! Even if you're not a fan of the genre, this is as entertaining as a movie can be. It doesn't matter if this is not an accurate account of these real men and women. Just enjoy the ride.
With an all star cast that delivers, this movie turned many folks who never liked westerns into fans of the genre when it was released.
The greatest weakness of the movie is also its greatest strength; Kilmer's Holliday (and Bein's Johnny Ringo to an extent) steal the show from Russel's Wyatt Earp who is the main protagonist of the film. Powers Booth and a familiar cast of actors take on the roles of the no good "cowboys". Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton and the rest of the cast deliver.
A fantastic interpretation of the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and all the events that lead up to the fight and what may have transpired after. I can't for the life of me figure out how the critic score for this is a 50?
This is a very good character driven western film. It features a good cast, lots of tense moments, good camerawork/cinematography and decent visual effects. There are plenty of action based scenes - fights/shootouts and the like but there are also scenes inbetween that help show the quieter side to different characters nature.
It's a little cheesy but its certainly worth seeing, if your a fan of biopics/character driven westerns, so yes I'd recommend it.