Costner shows an exacting instinct for how to build a shoot-'em-up from the ground up.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A ponderous drag.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Dean Essner - Guardian [UK]
Open Range has too much of what its title portends.
Mike Clark - USA Today
A fine, old-fashioned 2 1/4 hours at the Bijou.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The year's first serious contender for big prizes.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
A patient, suspenseful exercise in genre craftsmanship.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Charley's crusty assessment of events -- 'Nothing that's been happening in this town is much of a surprise' -- is all too knowingly accurate.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
A great and beautiful Western in the classic vein.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Open Range resembles a graduation ceremonies address. It's long, a tad pompous and sprinkled with occasional kernels of truth.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
The first two hours of Open Range are a great pleasure, and the final minutes come as a vague indigestion.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
An imperfect but deeply involving and beautifully made Western.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A strange mix of the grand and the hackneyed that it never really gets its bearings -- even though, at its best, it reminds us how grand, impure and potentially alive the Western genre can be.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
An awesome compendium of cowboy-movie cliches. It borders on parody, and often crosses the border, rustling up a drove of oater aphorisms.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Costner is not the most exuberant actor, but, for the most part, that's an asset here.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A harmless but singularly unremarkable oater that takes a long time to reach the Big Shootout.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
A juicy, character-driven western with a real plot that spins a hypnotic narrative.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A solidly crafted and entertaining old-school western.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Open Range is too talky, too corny and too long. Yet it gets so much right, from its simple affection for the sight of horses at full gallop to a climactic gunfight that sets a new standard for wit and excitement and right- eous revenge.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
A movie that seeks no higher calling than to entertain us the way Hollywood used to.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
If the climax of Open Range is disappointing, the ending is almost intolerable, as the plot descends into a twinkling love story, and Costner reverts to filmmaking aimed at 12-year-olds.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
This is a great two-hour motion picture. Unfortunately, it runs 20 minutes longer than that.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Too many lengthy silences and butt-scratching pauses.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Purty but shallow.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Some killing, but most violence is PG-13.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
The thunderous climax -one of the muddiest, bloodiest and most chaotic gunfights of the 2000s -makes it clear that Kevin Costner's plaintive, patient, slightly overlong Western was only sitting for a spell to race toward the finish.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Range is handed a stunning period scope by Costner's directorial eye, while forming an unexpectedly tender core to help endear these character past their grizzled exterior.
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Something like...It's a Wonderful Life, only rich in slaughter.
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Costner finds in the Western something grand, familiar and new within a genre that clearly has some life in it yet.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
While equally paying homage to directors Peckinpah, Eastwood, and Kurosawa, what makes Open Range special is that it's a love story, too. And one peopled by endearing characters we're inclined to care about when the bloodletting has finally ended.
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Time Out
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Dean Essner - Independent
Open Range est tout simplement un bon vieux western qui fait plaisir a voir.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
... even though Costner's sense of a satisfying ending is a bit too ordinary and unimaginative, I found Open Range refreshing.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
... needs a better story, better characters, better source material; and fewer aphorisms, fewer long glances and sweeping scores, fewer chunks of cheese.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
It's a considerable improvement over his last directing effort, the post-apocalyptic disaster The Postman.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
This one is for the Western fans who have been clamoring for classic tales of guns, revenge and a little hokey romance without an ensemble cast or gimmick to keep it afloat.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Dean Essner - Apollo Guide
Nev Pierce - BBC
Does Costner think that none of us have ever seen a Western before?The film does have one hell of a good shootout at the end, But Lord, does he make you wait for it.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
El film, hermosamente fotografiado por James Muro, es como un ejemplar perdido de una especie en extincion. Tambien lo es, en cierta manera, su coprotagonista Robert Duvall.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
James Verniere - Boston Herald
...a cordial and welcome film with likable heroes, dastardly villains, and a rousing climax. It does nothing innovative, but it doesn't need to.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Intriguing and clever enough to keep us gripped, even though nothing very surprising happens.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Um faroeste habitado por personagens interessantes e que conta com um dos tiroteios mais realistas do genero.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
[I]n Open Range, Costner sets out to boost the genre... with a... story that draws from the best traditions of the western without sinking into cliche.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The latest Kevin Costner vehicle is his best in years... and if you can get past the slow pace of the flick, it's a welcome change from this summer's other offerings.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Costner's epic, as director, is one to behold, not for its 24th hour sentimental about-face, but for the existential knack it has for the pacific, the stately and the quiet.
Jon Lap - Apollo Guide
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
It takes forever to get to where we've been before -- way out West, where the sun set on the western a long, long time ago.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
Stephen Himes - Flak Magazine
A terrific cast... and laudable ambitions more than make up for its meanderings.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Open Range is a bad case of a much too open-minded director in terrible need of a good lasso
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
An engrossing moral viewpoint combined with three solid star performances is more than enough to make Open Range one of the best of the modern day Westerns.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
'Open Range' is simply a grand cinematic experience.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Kevin Costner's return to the western genre is a classicist revenge drama that takes its time in becoming one and is richer as a result.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Dean Essner - Orlando Weekly
None of it is exactly new, but in his thorough understanding Western movie conventions Costner displays real faith in the things he's recycling.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A welcome return to the Western and more specifically to the romantic West.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The ride is worth taking and it's Costner's best work in many a year.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
It may not have the Duke's boots to walk in, but Open Range covers a lot of ground just fine with its own.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
... Open Range ambles into view, offering a timeless reminder of the power and pleasures a gosh-durn, honest-to-goodness Western provides.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
If you have two hours to live, see this movie ? it will make those two hours seem like two weeks.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
The clumsy dialogue shows no respect for the audience and essentially derails what could've been a very good film.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
There's not enough - well, hardly anything - new here to call Open Range a great Western. But it's probably as good as we're going to get and as good as it needs to be.
Paul Povse - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
The casting of this film may be its greatest asset: Duvall and Costner have the easy familiarity of longtime partners.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Costner has not only salvaged his own career with Open Range, but just may have done for the Western what Moulin Rouge! and Chicago did for the musical.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
...one of the best films of the year.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Thankfully the director who made Dances With Wolves shines through here, mostly overshadowing that guy who gave us Waterworld and The Postman.
Rachel Deahl - Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
This ain't no Kevin Costner pitcher. This here belongs to Robert Duvall.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Just when the Hollywood western genre seemed long ago ridden off into the sunset, here thunders back Open Range with double barrels ablaze.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
An exhilarating fusion of new and old Hollywood that proves there's still life left in one of film's oldest forms.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Somewhere beneath the syrupy melodrama and the scenes that should have expired long ago, there is an intelligent, thoughtful western in waiting.
Addison MacDonald - Premiere Magazine
Marred by an unearned solemnity and an ill-advised romance, the film is still the best western in years.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The presence Duvall and Costner bring to the screen is only matched by Costner's ability as a director to take the dark material of Open Rangeand make it feel classic.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Open Range, in spite of being a greatly entertaining film, isn't Oscar quality. But Duvall's performance is.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
An old-fashioned cowboy movie that sticks to the genre's roots with a little jigging and tweaking to remain relevant for current audiences.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
This is probably one of the best westerns made since Kevin Costner first hopped on a horse in Silverado.
Kevin Carr - Film Threat
It's a grand old western the way they used to make 'em, simple and elegant and cool and dusty and marvelous... the best western made since Unforgiven.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
I started a thinkin how cum Kevin Costner couldn't a made a better movie. I shor nuff liked his Dances with Wolves but he jes moseyed round a lot more in this piture. Why there twern't a lot o action.
Leonard Klady - Movie City News
Costner's film is steeped in the tradition of John Ford and the great westerns of the 40's and 50's
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Costner tends towards humorless earnestness for his romantic American hero, but he has the good sense to pair himself with the gruffer, glinting irreverence of old pro Duvall.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Kevin Costner brings us another epic Western, but Robert Duvall steals the show.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Not without its charms.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Costner aside, it is a very nice film, eminently watchable and praiseworthy.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Not up to the level of the best of the genre, but it is a solid, well-crafted movie.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Open Range is far from the worst film of the year, but it does test one's endurance like no other.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
As comfortable as a well-worn saddle, Open Range is something you might have caught one Sunday afternoon on Turner Classic Movies.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Kevin Costner's new Western is a showdown movie in the mold of High Noon, but because it's Costner, nothing really happens until, like, 3:15.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Filled with cliches.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Proves the new-fashioned western can deliver good old-fashioned entertainment.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
A film that recycles familiar elements from a variety of cowboy classics but still establishes and maintains its own unique sensibility.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Western's sincerity and Robert Duvall's warm, fascinating lead performance can't make up for a rough ride with an uneven tone.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
There's a fine little western lurking inside Open Range: Too bad it gets drowned out by director Kevin Costner's pretentiousness.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
If you grew up on Westerns, which are now an old-time religion, Open Range is a ride you want to share.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
One of 2003's best films.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Although Open Range is far from perfect, it offers some of the rudimentary pleasures of the Western.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Open Range is actually pretty good.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
[A] relaxed, beautifully photographed Western.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Easily qualifies as the best Western since Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
...a movie my 79-year-old grandfather will love. And I can't think of a better compliment.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The final shootout belongs in the Western pantheon with the poetic, anti-heroic shootouts in Anthony Mann's The Far Country and Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
Open Range is not in the same league with Dances, but this compelling drama stands on its own as one of the best films of the summer.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Costner saves his best work for the finale, an electrifying gun battle that steers clear of Western cliches to re-create the chaos and brutality of a place thick with flying bullets.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Open Range is a Western in which the carts pull the horses.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Ultimately it was the characters that drew me in, specifically Duvall and Costner's.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Has a pace as laconic as its director's screen persona.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The best duster since Clint Eastwood's 1992 triumph Unforgiven.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A great big western.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Costner delivers a methodical paean to the old west and to old westerns.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Costner doesn't seek to reinvent the classic Westerns as much as simply honor them. On those modest terms, he succeeds.
Dave Tianen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A pure Western through and through-when the heroes have to strap on their six-guns, they do so without a moment's hesitation and kill without regret-and demonstrates that the old ways still have a bit of life to them.
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Robert Duvall brings an authenticity to his performances that puts any movie he appears in ahead of the game from the start.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A leisurely elegy for the American West with Kevin Costner's Unforgiven written all over it.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Kevin Costner is back in the saddle again, and people are going to start using "Oscar" and "Costner" in the same sentence again.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Open Range is not the Western's last hurrah, but it may be Costner's.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
A rousing addition to that most American of film genres, the western.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
A pretty decent little movie.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Open Range is a bit like Charley himself: competent, flawed, unglamorous, grim but not unhopeful, it gets the job done
a simple, uncluttered tale of honor, loyalty, freedom, and frontier justice.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
(Costner) musters quiet moments of humbling tenderness and knee-buckling violence, and also knows when one should outweigh the other.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
A good film struggling to free itself from directorial excess. . . . Open Range strives for the heft of [director Kevin] Costner's signature work, Dances With Wolves," but this tale is too simple for the royal treatment.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Kevin Costner's Open Range only proves it's time for this cowboy to hang up his spurs.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
With actors less sure than Duvall and Bening alongside him, Costner's old-fashioned Western would collapse. With them in the saddles, it rides into the sunset in high style.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
one of the best black comedies ever made
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
[A] very special and singular film
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
This is by far the best film Costner has made in the past six years. As always, his direction misses no details, instilling considerably more sensitivity in the movie than you might expect to find in a Western.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Despite some lapses in taste at the end, Open Range is competently directed, though rarely inspired. No one is going to mistake Kevin Costner for John Ford.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Once you are drawn into the nuances of the story, you'll find you're pretty much at home on the 'Range'.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Somewhere in there is a pretty good western. If only we could see more of it amid the ballast.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Open Range puts Kevin Costner at the reins of a terrific movie.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
...bold, compelling and brilliant...
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A Western without irony or innovation, without any of the overt efforts toward 'revisionism' we've come to expect even from Eastwood.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
A gorgeously atmospheric, perfectly cast, beautifully crafted oater of the old school, made with heaps of integrity, no gimmicks and few concessions to the box office.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Kevin Knows Westerns.
Kenneth Turan - NPR's Morning Edition
A striking, if flawed, achievement.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
After a long string of bombs, Costner delivers a real winner that will remind people why he won an Oscar for Dances with Wolves.
Bill Pearis - Citysearch
There's a good movie in here, but it's beat into submission by Costner execution.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A flashback to both the great American western and a form of storytelling where gunshots were not an immediate reaction but a methodical inevitability.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - AV Club
Open Range does not reach the heights of such classic Westerns as Red River or Unforgiven. It strives to be classy, which is one of its faults.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
The actors are so good that you could almost live with the man's- gotta -do-what -a-man's -gotta-do excesses of Craig Storper's script.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Costner delivers black-and-white simplifications -- the unequivocally right, justified in doing whatever they want against the demonized wrong. It's a film for the George W. Bush era.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
From its gorgeous photography...to its brutal, wide-ranging, Peckinpah-worthy climactic shootout, this is some of Costner's best work.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A sincere, big-hearted attempt to revive the classic westerns of John Ford and Howard Hawks, Open Range is more good than bad.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Costner approaches the project with an earnest nobility that's quite impressive, mainly because Earnest Nobility often becomes Unintentional Hilarity when coaxed too adamantly
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Roaming the Old West with old hands like Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner is always worthwhile.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Costner might not be able to act, but boy can he direct.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
It may be time for some cowboy heroes again.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Costner seems to fashion himself as a modern-day Frank Capra, pitting his flawed but morally centered heroes against a system waiting to tear them to shreds.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It won't be long before Kevin Costner films are viewed by prescription only._ No drug could come close to curing insomnia in the way that Kevin's latest movie does.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Good old fashioned Western scenery. Great performance by Duvall. Slow at outset, weak accents, some holes, some implausibles.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
If you like old-fashioned westerns filled with grandiose landscapes and even more extraordinary acts of heroism, this movie's for you.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A long, slow-moving Western. But the killing is good!
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Fits Costner's on screen sensibilities like a glove, making him seem as if he were born to play a craggy faced cowboy and nothing else.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
In a summer where the Rocky-on-a-horse rip-off Seabiscuit is winning acclaim just for simply not being a sequel, here is a story that actually says something.
Fred Topel - About.com
Costner fans, fans of Westerns, and adults looking for entertainment free of special effects should find something to cheer about in this ode to a bygone era.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Not only one of the best of the few Westerns made recently, it's also one of the finest Westerns, period.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Affords the viewer a strong picture of the life of a 19th century cowpoke.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Kevin Costner rises up from the carcass of his career to produce, direct and star in a flaccid ode to the classic Western.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The saga length of the story might have had more impact with less bloat and mythic gravity, a tendency that seems to pursue Costner like an underfed bronco.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
It also helps that Costner doesn't allow the hurt inflicted against his oppressed free grazers to approach the wearisome political correctness of his Dances With Wolves.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
This is one of the finest Westerns since Unforgiven.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Open Range is a romantic, beautiful, and delightfully authentic Western.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A western that wrestles briefly with Unforgiven introspection before contenting itself with fiddling around with a gun/dog fetish.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Kevin keeps all the actors on screen at an energy level that wavers between laconic and stoic and stoic may be overstating the case just a smidge
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews