“Longest Movie Title Ever.”
“A Hugely Underrated Film Of Crime, Friendship And Betrayal”
“ I Thought Maybe Your Club Foot Was Gaining On You! ”
“The Shotgun Would Ignite, And Ella Mae Would Scream, But Robert Ford Would Only Lay On The Floor And Look At The Ceiling, The Light Going Out Of His Eyes Before He Could Find The Right Words. ”
“This Should Have Got The Oscar For Best Picture 2007”
“Amazing Movie - OSCAR”
“I Have Read A Lot About Jesse James, But This Movie Made Him Appear More As A Sad, Misunderstood Hero Of The Poor.”
“The Raw Power Of The Visuals And The Performances Take The Audience On A Haunting Character Exploration Of Idolization And Self Dignity. Andrew Dominik's Meticulous Attention To Detail And Craftsmanship Proves His Capability Of Being A Great Filmmaker. This Is A Masterpiece.”
A haunting retelling of one of the enduring outlaw sagas in American culture.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford adds another gauzy chapter to the overtaxed James myth, if not much rhyme or reason, heart or soul.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A tremendously stylish, intelligent retelling of western myth.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
...heightened by a rare cinematic artistry that seamlessly melds a probing character essay with a lyrical Western epic.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
As this old and twisted Jesse, Brad Pitt is quite good. But the movie really belongs to Casey Affleck as Robert Ford.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Mostly ponderous, despite the unceasingly beautiful imagery.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
A psychological chamber drama in which the wide-open spaces are geographic as well as mental.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
The look and feel of the movie are as authentic as any Western since Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller...
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
This is a 160-minute art Western, and if you're up for such a beast it is a glory to behold. It's gorgeous, but rarely for the sake of mere gorgeousness, and languorous, but never listless.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Awesome splendor and a striking essay on celebrity reward those who brave the 2 1/2-hour run time.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It is no mean feat to make a boring film about Jesse James, but Andrew Dominik has pulled it off in style.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
The movie has the space and freedom of classic Western epics.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The oddest major studio release of the year, and one of the most admirable.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Moseying along for 160 minutes, this revisionist western by writer-director Andrew Dominik makes a wan attempt to present the Jesse James legend as the dawn of celebrity culture in America.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Everything about The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is longer than it needs to be. Its title, for one thing. Its duration -- two hours and 40 minutes! -- for another.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
A better title might have been Jesse James in the Age of Pop Therapy.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The one thing you're not supposed to do during a Western is doze off.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The extraordinary expressive performers, male and female; the haunting interior and exterior conflicts; the painstaking authenticity of the period detail; and the subtly modulated mood shifts all combine to make a modern masterpiece of an old legend.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
It's a magnificent throwback to a time when filmmakers found all sorts of ways to refashion Hollywood's oldest and most durable genre.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a gorgeous snooze.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a view of the West beyond the myth that's worth enduring, if not relishing.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It's a western destined to outlive the pronouncements of its own death, because it knows that death is only the first stage in the life of legend.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
A long, ambitious, fitfully rewarding movie.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford represents a breakthrough in the moviegoing experience. It may be the first time we've been asked to watch a book on tape.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It's a shame that The Assassination of Jesse James, a moody epic directed by Andrew Dominik and based on the 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, never goes much deeper than that tag line.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Parts of the movie are brilliant in a Terrence Malick-inspired way, but the lugubrious middle section is badly in need of the hand of a ruthless editor.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
... gets smothered in pointlessly long takes, repetitive scenes, grim Western landscapes and mumbled, heavily accented dialogue.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Affleck does something remarkable here with his performance: He makes you feel sorry for this weaselly, whiny, 19-year-old kid, yet fear him at the same time.
Dean Essner - Associated Press
Dominik paints a richly detailed mosaic on locations in Calgary and Winnipeg, and you can only marvel at the visual miracles achieved by cinematographer Roger Deakins.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Hugely ambitious and not without moments of success, this indulgent 2 hour and 40 minute epic ends up as unwieldy as its elongated title.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Affleck manages to strike so many right notes, that by the end of the film, it is easy to forget what a loathsome toady he was at film's start, and you cannot help but feel real pain as Ford's inevitably sad fate unravels before our eyes.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Wally Hammond - Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Jeff Otto - ReelzChannel.com
Examining the transient nature of memories and mythmaking, "Coward" understands there are as many crooked legacies in high definition, as there were 130 years ago in dog-eared dime-store paperbacks and ghoulish stage productions.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is an engrossing and hypnotic western that places a heavy emphasis on atmosphere, character and reality.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
As the coward Robert Ford, Casey Affleck is a revelation. Nothing you have seen from him will prepare you for his brilliant work as the childlike young man who goes on to be the downfall of his hero.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Writer-director Andrew Dominik takes his time with the story, but his languorous pacing allows tension to build -- and permits the actors, Affleck in particular, to add nuance and depth to characters who'll seem familiar only at first glance.
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Stylized like a Ken Burns documentary.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the story...of the moment in America when myth was murdered by mere celebrity and we were left, perhaps forever, with only the latter's meager consolations.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
This film is far too long but the central relationship of James and Ford is fascinating.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
As of October 1st 2007, this is officially the best film I have seen all year.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
Jesse James is that rarest of birds -- an art film with mass appeal.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Even though the film looks beautiful there are things that rubbed me the wrong way.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Assassination is a throwback to another time when films were allowed to be unhurried, when audiences trusted multiple story lines to converge organically, and time and place were evoked with consummate craft.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
When Ford finally pulls the trigger, it's a relief as the flick's final ten minutes spin into actually interesting terrain
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
A measured, brooding meander through dreams of loyalty, shadows of treachery, and the particular psychoses of celebrity for those on both sides of stardom...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Likely the most "difficult" film produced with Hollywood money and starring an A-list star since Eyes Wide Shut.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
Develops a curious mood of impending fate and final destiny that rides along with the action.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
This is the kind of picture that isn't afraid to put its characters under a microscope, and it knows that studying their psychology is far more rewarding than studying their gun-slinging skills.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
...it's got a title that perfectly matches its subject matter: They're both too long by half.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
One of the most meticulously detailed and original biopics ever made.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Casey Affleck's performance as the awkward, awed, angry man-child carries this film, but never hogs it. It's probably too subtle and generous to get Oscar's attention, but at least the Golden Globes caught on.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
A sprawling, melancholy epic anti-Western.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
This watchable but indulgent curio blings up the petty vanities and ambitions of the criminal class, and lays greater themes in their graves.
Bill Weber - Stylus Magazine
While well-crafted and beginning and ending well, for the most part it's like waiting for a tumbleweed to blow across an airless prairie.
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
The name everyone will be talking about after seeing this movie is Casey Affleck.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Above all, there's the sense of immersion in a world of harsh beauty whose time is running out. It's to be hoped that non-American audiences embrace this film: it's one of the year's very best.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
A graceful, intelligent movie, and one that gives Casey Affleck a chance to really shine.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Compared to Walter Hill's 1980 movie The Long Riders, also about the James gang, this feels an underpowered affair. Indeed, compared to Dominik's own previous movie, Chopper (2000), it is impossibly meek.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
For all its intended depth and psychological realism, which at its best carries reminders of the work of Terrence Malick, there's a fake myth-making quality to it that, because of its inordinate length, could be mistaken for grandeur.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Andrew Dominik's sensational film debags a cherished idol. Tyrone Power, Robert Wagner and Roy Rogers famously played Jesse James like Robin Hood. Brad Pitt plays him like a poisonous Mr Hyde.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
Affleck and Pitt have prime charge of the tale's humanity and vitality. The first has nervous headlamp eyes and a wheedling, accosting intensity: he is like a homeless pet you would feel sorry for up to the moment it bit you.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Apparently, all the world needs a hero and there is nobody better than Brad Pitt, with all his untouchable starriness, to fill those boots.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Paced like a Terrence Malick or Stanley Kubrick film it will not appeal to everyone, but for those accustomed to using their eyes, ears and brains at the movies this is a magnificent experience.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
The running time and pacing may scare some, but Dominik has crafted an instant classic, with poetic visuals, sensational performances and a true love for the genre. Magnificent.
Mark Salisbury - Total Film
In a case where the most dangerous are kept dangerously close, here we have a rarity: a suspenseful, yet dramatic Western.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
The plot's restless shifts in point of view mean that significant action and mere movement become hopelessly confused with one another.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
Although it takes place 126 years ago, the film is most fascinating for its contemporary echoes.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
An extraordinary and visionary study of a legendary murderer's famous fate, within touching distance of Oscars.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Brad Pitt struts his bad boy outlaw stuff with guns blazing, and a good cigar smoke after the deed is done.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Dominik's portrait of the notorious, celebrated outlaw is cinematic, considered and poetic...The film is long and detailed, but so are the rewards
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The hoods of the train robbers remind us of children's Halloween costumes, which adds to the impression that this is a movie populated by dead men too stubborn to give up the ghost.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
...a meditation on the nature of celebrity and the superstitious need of thwarted little men to smash their idols.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It all adds up to a rewarding work of unusual density.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Hardly a straight shoot-em-up, it instead serves as a commentary on the manner in which Western fact morphed into Western myth even as the ink was still drying on that particular time in American history.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
...a serious, slowly paced but utterly masterful slice of American history.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Beautifully directed, visually stunning Western with terrific performances from Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt - this is one of the best films of the year.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
The main problem of many is that writer-director Andrew Dominik doesn't know if he wants to deflate the outlaw myth or embellish it.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Somewhere within The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ... there is a brilliant film.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
...a stark, clear-eyed picture of outlaw life in the real wild west.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Slowly paced and almost painfully detailed, Andrew Dominik's film more than fulfills the promise of Chopper (2000), another study of the violence inherent in celebrity.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Depending upon your tolerance for cinema as meditation, this moody trek to the inevitable murder of the outlaw Jesse James may actually seem as long as its title. Yet there's much to admire.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
A bleached-out dreariness and lethargic pace drains this challenging film of much of its impact.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
A serpentine, snow-smudged and wood-smoke-thick stroll in the shoes of a dead man walking.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... it's the performances that make this picture compelling in spite of its snail's-pace narrative.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Eschewing John Forda(TM)s advice to 'print the legend,' The Assassination of Jesse James instead chooses historical accuracy, a move that could make this epic unpalatable to a mass audience. But this contemplative movie is worth your patience.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
Brad Pitt as Jesse James: Seldom has an actor been so perfectly cast.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's one of the year's most confident, visually arresting films, but it requires patience.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Assassination is contemplative and quiet, a studied film that is surprisingly engrossing, not to mention so handsomely made you can hardly take your eyes off it.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
More comparable to the quietly contemplative films of Terrance Malick (The Thin Red Line, The New World) than it is to most gunslinging westerns.
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
Goes on and on and on and on.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The movie is scaled too big visually and too small emotionally.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Written, filmed and acted with real beauty and skill. And it has something powerful to say about today's celebrity-obsessed culture.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Sometimes as shocking as a gunshot, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" is nonetheless an artful examination of one of the most infamous slayings in American history
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
An idyll for a cherished figure -- you know, the one who committed dozens of robberies and murdered at least 17 people.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
An astounding work of mythological storytelling.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
I love the tone writer/director Andrew Dominik establishes in the film; it's the dragging-it-out-to-160-minutes part that gets me down.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
...a quintessential work of the American Western genre. Brad Pitt gives the best performance of his career...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The movie has an almost hypnotic quality; its spare and often beautiful shots seem to sear themselves into the camera's lens.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
In order for a movie to be great, it doesn't have to be the one you watch the longest, just the one you don't want to end (this doesn't quite make it to great), but it's worth a look.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Who would have imagined that a biopic about Jesse James could be so boring?
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Capricious, meditative and absorbing.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The story drifts aimlessly toward its foregone conclusion, hitting a few interesting notes along the way but never gelling into a coherent narrative.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Assassination offers enough in the way of performance (Sam Rockwell and Paul Schneider are particularly good in supporting roles) and mood to earn itself a place in the ranks of Jesse James stories.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
This is not a film which will appeal to the masses, which is unfortunate. Go see this rare offering and make your own decision.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
There is only one word to describe Casey Affleck's performance --- chilling.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Are these the thoughts that ran through Pitt's head after he was hugged in Venice by that aggressive fan?
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Dave White - Movies.com
Breathes vibrant, murderous life into a Western that's a welcome change from the usual group of guys wandering across the desert.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Andrew Dominik has taken the familiar story and reconstructed it is such a fascinatingly abstract manner that it feels as if we are watching it unfold before our eyes for the very first time.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
This cinematic folk song embraces and celebrates the chasm between idealized outlaw myth and the unglamorous realities of frontier thievery.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sustained passages of eerie, Malickian beauty (an early sequence involving a train robbery feels like one of the reasons that film was invented), mixed with increasing stretches of self-conscious artiness ... It casts a spell, but only intermittently.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
The mosaic of moods conjures something that feels both ancient and startlingly contemporary -- with the same doom-laden DNA as great druggy, fatalistic 1970s anti-Westerns like McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
One of the most cinematically assured works of the year. Blows most tried-and-true westerns out of the water.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A simple, clean, smart idea for a story turned into an agonizingly pretentious mess with world class cinematography and some good performances.
David Poland - Movie City News
It is a broody psychological Western, a lot of peering out into endless prairie landscapes, as much Ingmar Bergman as John Ford, with a little bit of Heathcliff thrown in.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Fact is, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford should have been better. It should have followed the real focus on the story and done away with at least an hour of subplotting.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
This is the year's epic western, and one wonders why it took so long to get out of the cutting room. See it.
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
If you love classic and stylish mood Westerns such as McCabe and Mrs. Miller and The Long Riders, this is your film.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A creepy and daring look into one of the most destructive, and self-destructive of American anti-heroes
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
When a film runs 2 hrs. 40 min., it's often because the writer is directing - so there's no one to tell him to trim 40 min. - or else!
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
As overlaong and pretentious as its title, The Assassination of Jesse James is worth a look almost in spite of itself.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
The cinematic equivalent of a Homeric epic...an ambitious, mesmerizing evocation of the mystique of celebrity and the strange mixture of admiration and envy it generates.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Casey Affleck gives an outstanding performance that proves him to be a character actor of immense creativity, clarity and composure.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The sheer craftsmanship on display ensures a modicum of goodwill, but at two hours and 40 minutes, even the most patient souls may begin to squirm.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Aside from the movie's mouthful title, this [is a] contemplative and carousing exposition. [The] prairie-induced pathos is plenty to digest with absolute reverence.
Frank Ochieng - World Voice News
When you watch The Assassination of Jesse James..., you've got to appreciate what Kevin Costner could do with three hours. It's an endurance test, not god awful but just not worth spending so much time on.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
...The Assassination of Jesse James grabs on to many of the classic tropes of the Western -- the meandering passage of time, the imposing landscapes, the abiding loneliness, the casual violence -- and sets about mapping their furthest edges.
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
...an epic film that's part literary treatise, part mournful ballad, and completely a portrait of our world, as seen in a distant mirror.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Much of the film, burdened by unnecessary, obvious narration, is an overly languid, dully paced prelude to the main event...
Shlomo Schwartzberg - Boxoffice Magazine
"Assassination" is an epic in every way, from its wide sweeping atmospheric Alberta locations, to its meticulous and magisterial attention to period detail. Mind you, for a Western there isn't that much violence and blood, but the sense of foreboding is e
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
This is a masterpiece.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Best name for a western of any film in history.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
The movie is merely a long, empty exercise in style.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
A masterwork that already has the feel of a classic. This take on the last days of an iconic western figure constantly surprises and intrigues.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Stunning visuals, award-worthy performances, and a script that takes incredibly rewarding risks, Jesse James is a masterpiece and one of the best films of the year.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
The Assassination of Jesse James is less of a Western than a mid-Western, which refers both to the film's urban Missouri center of gravity and its pivoting position between horse opera and backstage intrigue.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
A surprising near-masterpiece, and the best Western to come across the range since Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
If I were inclined to wheel out cliches like "Oscar-worthy," I'd certainly wheel them out in support of this movie, on several counts.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Pitt's subtle work -- relaxed and confident, yet seething with quiet menace -- is complemented beautifully by Affleck's enigmatic Ford, whose admiration for (and fear of) James distinguishes him from a run-of-the-mill scoundrel.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
An absolute misfire.
N.V. Cooper - E! Online
To put it most bluntly, the thing is just too long and too slow.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
High quality production. The dialogue in this film sings with poetry, grit, spit, and the ring of rural America circa 1880's. Not an action picture, long with a relaxed pace.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
We are told a lot about Jesse James during the elongated run time -- but learn very little about the man at all.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
In its nakedly revealed tremors of fear and insecurity, Affleck's tour de force is reminiscent of the similarly raw work of the late, great John Cazale.
Brett Buckalew - FilmStew.com
A slow roast of a movie that seals in all the flavors.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
I wish this movie wasn't so purposefully elegiac and attenuated -- at times it's like a middling Terrence Malick fantasia -- but it's well worth sitting through.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Natasha Vargas-Cooper - E! Online
It's Dominik's uncompromising, uncommercial vision and the two leads that give the story such a wonderfully wounded grandeur.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Unforgivably slow and over-titled attempt to dramatize the ignoble murder of the notorious outlaw features a fine performance by Casey Affleck as Ford.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
For fans who say they'd pay to watch Brad Pitt read the Yellow Pages -- well, your money might be better-spent on that.
Staci Layne Wilson - Buzzine Magazine
Fact is, The Assassination is nothing more than a misreading of Hollywood mythology.
Armond White - New York Press
Steeped in the lyrical fatalism of that last great decade for the western, the '70s, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford owes a debt to myriad spiritual ancestors.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A majestic biopic that digs more deeply into the character of Jesse James than has ever been done before. Will disappoint fans of shoot-em-ups, though.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Dean Essner - Screen International
While Pitt is fine here -- he's as enigmatic and half-seen as you'd want an icon to be -- it's Affleck who impresses.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
Impeccably shot, cast and directed, this is a truly impressive film.
Lewis Beale - Film Journal International
Loping, lyrical, contemplative, poetic, Malick-meets-David Gordon Green style.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Of all the many films about Jesse James, Andrew Dominik's epic may not end up ranking as the most popular or the best film on the subject but it will certainly, flaws and all, be regarded as the most intriguing and ambitious take on the man and his myth.
Stax - IGN Movies
With an almost aching restraint in the performances and storytelling, Assassination makes for a quite enjoyable film if you give yourself over to its pacing and style.
Jason Gorber - Film Scouts
The titular act of violence is the best scene in the film, radiating a kind of unavoidable fatality that elevates the lethal gunshot from a just another bang to something triggering a very strong sense of epochal change.
Boyd van Hoeij - european-films.net
The plot is rather weak, but the tone is dark and haunting and the visuals stunning, not to mention Brad Pitt's stunning portrait of paranoia and fear
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com