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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

He has his 'I'm Brad Pitt' cake and eats it … Read full review

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  • 4.0
    68

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The nervy style of this newfangled Western, with its eerie, insinuating score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, is so effective that long after Pitt and Affleck have left the screen, emotional disturbance lingers like gun smoke.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though there is plenty of gunplay, this is a wondrously contemplative and poetic saga that offers a fresh and bewitching take on a timeworn genre.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This fascinating relationship gets smothered in pointlessly long takes, repetitive scenes, grim Western landscapes and mumbled, heavily accented dialogue.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The language of its narrative, like that of its characters, may be elevated -- a literary Western version of Damon Runyon -- but the words are intriguing, challenging and, occasionally, very funny.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is another Western in the classical tradition.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It is a film, often breathtaking without settling for being pretty, filled with nervous silence.

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