'Unforgiven' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   65 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 22 years ago
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Unforgiven is a most entertaining western that pays homage to the great tradition of movie westerns while surreptitiously expressing a certain amount of skepticism.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    90
    Jumps adroitly between the macho and anti-macho, the romantic and anti-romantic.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Michael Sragow New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    There's not much dramatic urgency apart from the revisionist context.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    A classic Western for the ages.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John Hartl Film.com (Top Critic)
    This is the best work Eastwood has done as a director since The Outlaw Josey Wales 16 years ago.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Eastwood's meditation on age, repute, courage, heroism -- on all those burdens he has been carrying with such good grace for decades.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    90
    In three decades of climbing into the saddle, Eastwood has never ridden so tall.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Total Film
    100
    Unforgiven exposes the true price behind the way the West was won.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stuart Klawans The Nation
    Clint Eastwood's westerns are distinctive, and that Unforgiven, as the most fully realized, is the most distinctive of all.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    92
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    100
    One of the absolute masterpieces of American cinema in the 1990s.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
    75
    The film at its heart is the first in a line of revisionist superhero movies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jay Antani Cinema Writer
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christian Toto What Would Toto Watch?
    88
    Unforgiven began Clint Eastwood's current apology tour for his cinematic violence.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Film4
    Arguably the greatest western since Sam Peckinpah hung up his stirrups.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Angie Errigo Empire Magazine
    100
    Ironically, the ultimate Western of all was made decades after its hayday. This is captivating for all, not just fans of the genre.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    100
    A rigorous deconstruction of both fictitious violence and Eastwood's own career as a trigger-happy 'hero.'
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    Dark and somber in thematics and visuals, this Western is a personal work for Eastwood, in which he desconstructs his own mythic violent image, one that made him a star in the 1960s.
    Full Review » 8 years ago