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Appaloosa Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

...part High Noon, part Lethal Weapon with some post-Brokeback Mountain... Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    64

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mannered, episodic and slow.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Harris is a major asset in a film that is entertaining but somewhat unfocused and occasionally badly cast.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A throwback to the age when Westerns were quaint.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A fine dramatic comedy with fresh characters, witty dialogue and a keen interest in how relationships must have developed among frontier folks, tyrannical ranchers, no-nonsense lawmen and -- oh, yes -- the complicated women on that frontier.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Old-fashioned Western features great performances.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is a classic Western -- full of gunfights, close-quarters shootings, and other violent acts. Although the violence is mostly bloodless, it's quite realistic: You clearly see its consequences in every action scene. There's also a complex depiction of the choices that a female character makes regarding her lovers that at least partially depicts the limited choices available to women in 1882. Characters also smoke, drink, swear, and talk about "whoring," and there's brief rear female nudity.

  • Families can talk about the film's central idea: What happens when lawbreakers become lawmakers? Is there a difference between state-sanctioned killing in the name of order and murder in the name of greed and expediency? Families can also discuss the enduring popularity of the Western genre. Are these movies a chance to re-discover America's past, or a chance to re-invent it through fiction?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Extensive discussion of the battle between the rule of law and lawbreakers, the settling of the West (including "dealing" with Native American populations), and the nature of violence and the cost it exacts.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Fairly extensive, including discussions of rape and murder; many on-screen deaths from firearms (including several seen up close); fighting; scuffles; discussion of "gun work" as a profession; discussion of hanging as a punishment for capital crimes; characters being bound and threatened.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Discussions of whoring; scenes of lovers in bed talking; some female rear nudity (briefly and at a distance). Some kissing.

  • language false4

    Language: Occasional strong language includes "damn," "hell," "f--k," "s--t," "piss," and "goddamn." Some discussion of sexual conduct as being "whorish." Native Americans are referred to as Indians.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some period firearms are mentioned by name.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine, beer, and hard liquor, occasionally to excess; cigars, cigarettes, and pipes are smoked.

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