The Lone Ranger Reviews

  • Somewhere in there is an entertaining film, but The Lone ranger stretches your patience mightily.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The sort of movie that delivers too much too late and still manages to make it feel like too little.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • In trying to balance grandiosity with playfulness, to lampoon cowboy-and-Indian cliches while taking somber account of a history of violence, greed and exploitation, it descends into nerve-racking incoherence.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's a 2 1/2-hour slog, with tonal inconsistencies and monotonous, drawn-out action sequences. Scenes alternate between frenetic and tedious.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Despite its impressively staged set pieces, The Lone Ranger can't survive the epic train wreck resulting from its own tonal clashes, wherein mournful scenes of genocide and stolen immigrant labor are tastelessly juxtaposed with silly slapstick humor.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Like watching an elephant tap dance in your living room: Everything gets trampled and the dancing's not very good.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The Lone Ranger has it all, but what you end up with is not much. It's an extravagantly squandered opportunity.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Village Voice

  • Not quite a parody but broader than an homage, The Lone Ranger fights itself at every turn.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The Lone Ranger is too often as vast and empty as Utah's Monument Valley. Only the film's wide stretches aren't awe-inspiring so much as much as tiring.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • How/why/wherefore did it turn out this way? The evidence suggests a combination of hubris, errant revisionism, a misguided and perverse degree of violence, and a script that never worked in the first place.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • A stone-faced Depp fails to generate even the stinky charm of his mascaraed Jack Sparrow, and in fact almost everyone here comes off badly.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A wild, wacky, wide-screen reimagining of the vintage radio serial and TV series, the film - with Armie Hammer in the hat and mask, galloping across Texas righting wrongs, and Depp as his trusty Indian sidekick, Tonto - is an epic good time.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film is a bloated, incoherent would-be epic that stumbles like a horse that stepped in too many plot holes and came up lame.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "The Lone Ranger" is a pounding headache of a movie - loud, dumb, overlong and pointless.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • "The Lone Ranger" is a frustrating exercise in overkill, a kind-of, sort-of interesting idea buried in summer-movie excess.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but sucks out the fun in the process ...

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • [A] bloated, misshapen mess, a stillborn franchise loaded with metaphors for its feeble attempts to amuse, excite and entertain.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Who, exactly, was this bipolar oater made for?

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • It's the end result of a calculated brand - two and a half hours of 'fun' in air quotes.

    William Goss — Film.com

  • When it comes to mining boys' adventure stories, defaming pirates may be fair game, but stories about western justice and native Americans? Not so much.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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