(2008)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
88
Goes down like a single-malt aged for 25 years.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
A fine dramatic comedy with fresh characters, witty dialogue and a keen interest in how relationships must have developed among frontier folks, tyrannical ranchers, no-nonsense lawmen and -- oh, yes -- the complicated women on that frontier.
75
Most of the time, the movie is appropriately gritty and plenty engaging.
75
First and last, Appaloosa is the slow-but-sure story of the friendship between Virgil and Everett, one a man of action surprised by emotion, the other a man of emotion surprised by action.
75
What makes the movie absorbing is the way it harmonizes all the character strands and traits and weaves them into something more engaging than a mere 1-2-3 plot. I felt like I did in "Lonesome Dove" -- that there was a chair for me on the porch.
75
Miami Herald
It turns out to be a satisfying, if occasionally wandering, adventure.
67
A throwback to the age when Westerns were quaint.
63
Harris is a major asset in a film that is entertaining but somewhat unfocused and occasionally badly cast.
60
Though the leads do fine work, their efforts often feel slightly futile. Despite a few flashes of the darker tone percolating under the surface, the movie remains too well-mannered to truly pull us in.
40
Mannered, episodic and slow.

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