(2003)

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88
Chicago Sun-Times
An imperfect but deeply involving and beautifully made Western.
80
Wall Street Journal
A fine, heartfelt film, sometimes harrowing in its violence but blessedly free of pretension or bombast, even though it aspires to -- and achieves -- the stature of a classic Western.
75
Entertainment Weekly
There's nothing corny, however, about the climactic shoot-out, which Costner has staged superbly as an extended logistical mini-war that surges and rifle-cracks with bloody abandon through what feels like every building in town. Call it dances with guns.
75
New York Daily News
A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale.
75
New York Post
Open Range could easily have lost 20 minutes in the editing room, but its very casual pacing and beautiful vistas - gorgeously photographed in British Columbia by James Munro - are a soothing alternative in a season of movies seemingly aimed at sufferers of attention deficit disorder.
75
A patient, suspenseful exercise in genre craftsmanship
70
The Hollywood Reporter
In spite of its portentousness, the film does engage one.
63
Compared with other films Costner has directed, Range isn't a folly like "The Postman," nor is it quite as over-elaborated as "Dances With Wolves."
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
The screenplay of Open Range, credited to one Craig Storper, is an awesome compendium of cowboy-movie cliches. It borders on parody, and often crosses the border, rustling up a drove of oater aphorisms.
50
Open Range copies the rain and flood of the Clint Eastwood classic but can't match it for dark-night-of-the-soul brilliance.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Open Range veers wildly. It's a movie of beauty and sensitivity, and tedium and absurdity.

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