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High Noon Review

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

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    Meaningful in its implications, as well as loaded with interest and suspense, High Noon is a western to challenge “Stagecoach” for the all-time championship. (Review of Original Release)

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  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The Western may be one of the few truly American art forms, and High Noon shows exactly how much potential it can embrace.

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  • 80

    out of 100


    Cooper does an unusually able job of portraying the marshal. (Review of Original Release)

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice Michael Atkinson

    Possibly the most Rorschachian film of all time, a symbol-only text that effortlessly conforms to any political present, and finds a foothold in your social sphere whether you're a free radical or reactionary wing nut.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that women are depicted as exceptionally intelligent and respected, compared to other movies of the era. Helen speaks of the prejudice she faced as a Mexican woman, and Amy listens sympathetically.

  • Families can talk about how everyone seems to have a different reason for not helping Will. How many can you identify? Which reasons seem the best to you? Which seem the worst? What makes Amy change her mind? Why does Will throw his badge in the dirt? Do you think the screenwriter chose the name "Will" for any special reason? How do you decide when to stay and fight and when to run? How do you evaluate the risks? What should the law be?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Women are exceptionally intelligent and respected.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Shootout.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking in bar, bad guys drink.