Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Pitt's diffident mix of acting and attitude works to such heartthrob perfection it's a shame the film's superficiality gets in his way.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
As directed by Edward Zwick, the yarn doesn't so much sweep as sprawl across the screen in all its panoramic idiocy.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
We see ... misery, betrayal, heartbreak, ridiculous plot twists and, after he sustains a stroke, Hopkins apparently doing a composite impression of Popeye and Quasimodo.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
This is the kind of big, robust Western love story that just begs to be filmed -- which, come to think of it, it has been.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
As densely plotted as Legends of the Fall is, it's to the credit of the performers and craftsmen that the film escapes the abyss of melodrama and sentimentality.
Variety Staff - Variety
The kind of movie that doesn't require much effort to surrender to and enjoy.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Edward Zwick, the director, and Susan Shilliday and Bill Wittliff, the screenwriters, are under the impression that they are bringing forth a tragic epic, not a silly melodrama...
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Though the admirable Quinn has the toughest role, Pitt carries the picture. The blue-eyed boy who seemed a bit lost in Interview With the Vampire proves himself a bona fide movie star, stealing every scene he's in.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Tween girls will swoon over this tear-jerker.
Afsheen Nomai - Common Sense Media
The part is a gift for Brad: he's a cowboy, soldier, adventurer and wanderer; impossibly glamourous and ludicrously far-fetched.
Dean Essner - Film4
[Pitt] casts such a saintly, beatific sheen over the proceedings that he seems to glow from within.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
A semi-successful attempt at grand, schmaltzy romantic melodrama, in the manner of 1950s movies like Giant and other works based on literature. Hopkins is hammy as the patriarch but Aidan Quinn and particularly Brad Pitt as his sons at least look right.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The entire film plays like a commercial for Brad Pitt. You can imagine half the audience wondering, 'Where can I get one of those?'
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Staci Layne Wilson - StaciWilson.com
Epic frontier soaper rambles on and on.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
A rousing, epic miniseries crammed into two hours.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Much too hokey to be enjoyed, even by soap standards.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
It's a man's world, but Pitt's star turn and the melodramatic underpinnings may appeal more to women.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Nice...but a little unbeliveable.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
The Movie That Will Not Die
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Grand tale about passion, guilt and grief set in the wilds of Montana.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Can be recommended to all the viewers hungry for movies that Hollywood knew how to make some thirty or forty years ago.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Big and beautiful as it looks, the film doesn't deliver much emotional punch.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
Predictable and inevitable.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
Just like quality loo roll, it's long in duration and strong on technical quality. Unfortunately it's also soft on plot and characterisation.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
Unless you are a big fan of seeing hearts cut out of the bodies of animals and people or unless you feel you must see all of Brad Pitt's movies (he is major handsome), I can see no reason to see this film other than as a long travelogue.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
John A. Nesbit - ToxicUniverse.com
Big, bombastic and in the hands of director Edward Zwick, a bit much. In fact, it seems at times like little more than an overblown television miniseries.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
t's muddled, bombastic, and often gets by purely on style points, yet for some reason, inexplicably, it also manages to be occasionally entertaining.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Zwick seems to have taken Terrence Malick's gorgeous Days of Heaven as his model, but he lacks Malick's sense of geometry, and his aspiration to mythic quality feels more pretentious than heartfelt.
Scott Rosenberg - San Francisco Examiner
A thoughtful and occasionally powerful epic film. It is unusual to see filmmakers taking a risk on this type of film any more, but this one deserves to pay off.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
What needs to be epic often seems petty and small. Perhaps it was in compensation for this narrative inadequacy that the musical score grew to be sweepingly grand and intrusively ever-present.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle