Plays like a three-hour rough cut that's been trimmed down to a slightly shorter rough cut.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
It wants to be at once traditional and morally ambiguous. The two visions don't quite harmonize.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Highly stylized fashion-wise but awkwardly unfocused in its plotlines, it aims for the western iconography of Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone but never gets past its own directorial hurdles.
Richard Harrington - Washington Post
A lot of care and attention were obviously devoted to selecting locations, designing sets, and grooming handlebar mustaches. Much less attention went to making one believe that any of the events took place circa 1879.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A tough-talking but soft-hearted tale that is entertaining in a sprawling, old-fashioned manner.
Emanuel Levy - Variety
It's difficult to assign responsibility for the most serious of this film's shortcomings, but one thing is clear: somewhere along the way, the creative process misfired.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Too many characters and not enough time in which to deal with them, and action that seems so rushed to get to the end that important scenes are left out.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A spectacular and well acted bit of Western cinema and sadly one in an endangered genre species...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Sports pretty much everything one would want in a Western, and though it's not always eminently artful, it is rarely anything less than entertaining. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
One of the finest Westerns to come along since the genre decided largely to pack up and ride into the sunset several decades ago.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
It has an energetic flow, and a genuinely rugged, exciting feel, unlike many of the more bloated, picturesque examples of the Western genre.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It takes a lot more than the passage of time to value Tombstone. Naps, earplugs, and possibly tremendous amounts of alcohol also assist in the proper digestion of the feature.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Doesn't really cut it in the Western genre.
Matt Mueller - Empire Magazine
Dated and flawed, but super cool for Val Kilmer's brilliant performance as Doc Holiday.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
It has problems - a LOT of problems - but as bubblegum westerns go, there's also a lot to like.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
I liked the film but I would've liked to have seen some of the first hour trimmed, and the romance taken out completely.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
There's a misguided romantic subplot and the ending rather sprawls, but mostly this is rootin', tootin' entertainment.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Michael Szymanski - Wordmag.com
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Clint Morris - Film Threat
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Excellent western that's eminently rewatchable.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Kilmer is as legendary as the Doc he plays.
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
May not be historically accurate, but offers a lot of punch for the buck. A tough, guilty-pleasure Western.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Shellie Iliff - Palo Alto Weekly
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Most of the movie is above-average, but Val Kilmer's performance is what makes it a must-see.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
...a good, rousing, Wild West adventure yarn.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Good Clean Fun
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
An interesting movie with fascinating characterizations.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Taken on its own terms, with some lowered expectations, Western fans will have fun.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Tombstone is nothing special, but when it sticks to its guns it generally finds its target.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
An entertaining retelling of the story, often with insight into the principal participants.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This is just one hell of a tight ship all round and anyone from action fans, to western buffs, to just folks who like decent films should bring plenty home from this puppy.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
The film is a mess, there are two or three pre-climaxes but no climax.
Louis Black - Austin Chronicle
Despite many flaws and plenty of missed opportunities, Tombstone could still be recommended for all western fans.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews