Appaloosa Synopsis
Two lawmen (Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen) contend with a malevolent rancher.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Goes down like a single-malt aged for 25 years.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A fine dramatic comedy with fresh characters, witty dialogue and a keen interest in how relationships must have developed among frontier...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A warmly made, slightly offbeat movie about friendly devotion. It also happens to be a western, and every man in it is grizzled or wizened...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
First and last, Appaloosa is the slow-but-sure story of the friendship between Virgil and Everett, one a man of action surprised by...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Most of the time, the movie is appropriately gritty and plenty engaging.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A throwback to the age when Westerns were quaint.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Harris is a major asset in a film that is entertaining but somewhat unfocused and occasionally badly cast.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though the leads do fine work, their efforts often feel slightly futile. Despite a few flashes of the darker tone percolating under the...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mannered, episodic and slow.
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APPALOOSA should rope in westem-film fans. GRADE: SOLID B

New Line Cinema's APPALOOSA is a 114-minutes movie-adaptation of Robert B. Parker's 2005 novel - directed/produced/starred/co-screenwritten by Ed Harris. Major themes explored were friendship,...

Appaloosa-Authenic, a Real Western

By Jasnyder56
If you are a western movie fan, then you are always ready for a NEW movie. This movie is directed and filmed very well. Not being a Hollywood action packed stereo type is to it's credit. This movie...

A great western for grownups that care about authenticity!

By nicksinclair
Made from the book by Robert B. Parker, creator of Spencer for Hire, you know in advance you're getting a good story underlying the script. As a critical viewer of Westerns I cannot find any fault...

The Wild West, with a lot of humor and a touch of irony

By jebarlow
My wife and I loved Appaloosa. It was a good Wild West saga, but different than the usual story line in that neither the good guys or the bad guys seemed to take themselves seriously. There was a lot...


By sunnyfin1
Reviews have been sketchy for this flick, but I found it very entertaining as a western buff with accurate costuming, sets, the prevailing wind through the plains town, and the hesitating...

good classic western

By mshin
This isn't your modernized version of a western like 3:10 to Yuma, nor the pretentious kind like assasination of Jesse James nor is it a story that deals with unusual sensitive topics like Brokeback...


By want_fries with that
I went there to see a Westeren and saw a love story and a not very good one at that. Should have waited till it came out on DVD.....


By Lcochran13
Good Western movie but not quite enough conflict or tension generated between the primary characters to make it a great western movie. Not in the class of Unforgiven. Ed Harris is solid as the lead....


loved it...

Good Old Western

By Sagaboy
It's great to be able to see a good western these days. This is a movie that is ultimately about friendship and the sacrifices one makes for ones friends as well as finding one's place in this...

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Rated R | For some violence and language
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