Young Guns is best watched in the playful, none-too-serious spirit in which it was made.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
They behave as if our adoration were their birthright.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Christopher Cain directed this western from a script by John Fusco, and on the whole seems much more comfortable with the scroungy and scatological dialogue than he does with the action sequences.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Dean Essner - Variety
OK rehash of Old West villains, this time teaming them up in their early days.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Young Guns is simply not a very good movie--western or otherwise. Fusco's script provides little character development and muddies the narrative with some unlikely supporting characters.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Good idea to cast the brat pack in a Western but this was badly realised and altogether a bit flat.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
A cool Western for Gen X.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Little more than a flawed romp, but energetic and enjoyable, with sterling performances from Sutherland and Estevez.
Dean Essner - Time Out
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Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Far better western than the brat pack deserved
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The film doesn't go far in reviving the Western film genre.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
There are side pleasures to be found in going back and reliving the bad parts of the '80s. A rental of Young Guns lets us know that at least we're out of Reaganomics and the movies it spawned.
Jeremiah Kipp - Filmcritic.com
Fails to either humanize Billy the Kid or justify his lore.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Stupid but star-studded western
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
One of the best westerns ever made
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
This is a very brown movie: leather, planks of wood, dirt, dust, horses, and the tenor of the performances.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher