Unforgiven Reviews

  • Enjoy it for the handsome wide-screen vistas, the interplay of the actors, the classical sweep of its story line. Just don't expect the new, soul-searching Eastwood to be any more dramatically convincing than the old.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Unforgiven is a most entertaining western that pays homage to the great tradition of movie westerns while surreptitiously expressing a certain amount of skepticism.

    Vincent Canby — New York Times

  • Jumps adroitly between the macho and anti-macho, the romantic and anti-romantic.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • By now ... Eastwood has little more than a paint-by-numbers approach to acting. As a result, we relate to Munny more as a compendium of Eastwood's earlier characters.

    Hal Hinson — Washington Post

  • This is the finest set of performances ever to grace a Clint Eastwood movie, and this time Eastwood even does a good job directing Eastwood. Every bullet in this movie matters.

    Michael Sragow — New Yorker

  • That implacable moral balance, in which good eventually silences evil, is at the heart of the Western, and Eastwood is not shy about saying so.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This dark, melancholic film is a reminder-never more necessary than now-of what the American cinema is capable of, in the way of expressing a mature, morally complex and challenging view of the world.

    Dave Kehr — Chicago Tribune

  • There's not much dramatic urgency apart from the revisionist context.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • A classic Western for the ages.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • This is the best work Eastwood has done as a director since The Outlaw Josey Wales 16 years ago.

    John Hartl — Film.com

  • One of Unforgiven's assets is the way it overturns conventions, taking the man who is typically the hero and making him the villain, while transforming the traditional bad guy into a sympathetic protagonist.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Eastwood's meditation on age, repute, courage, heroism -- on all those burdens he has been carrying with such good grace for decades.

    Richard Corliss — TIME Magazine

  • In three decades of climbing into the saddle, Eastwood has never ridden so tall.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • Unforgiven exposes the true price behind the way the West was won.

    Dean Essner — Total Film

  • Clint Eastwood's westerns are distinctive, and that Unforgiven, as the most fully realized, is the most distinctive of all.

    Stuart Klawans — The Nation

  • It's a somber feature, but one of extraordinary character development, bundled into a compelling story of men facing their sins in a most brutal, pitiless manner.

    Brian Orndorf — BrianOrndorf.com

  • One of the absolute masterpieces of American cinema in the 1990s.

    Tim Brayton — Antagony & Ecstasy

  • The great Orson Welles once stated that Clint Eastwood was the most underrated filmmaker in America, and the sobering footnote is that he passed away in 1985, well before Eastwood began to be taken seriously as an artist by most critics and moviegoers.

    Matt Brunson — Creative Loafing

  • The film at its heart is the first in a line of revisionist superhero movies.

    Walter Chaw — Film Freak Central

  • Eastwood's best film -- a compelling study of the shame and guilt that attends violence, of the rule of the mighty over the weak and of courage and cowardice.

    Jay Antani — Cinema Writer

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