Dances With Wolves Synopsis
A Union officer (Kevin Costner) at a frontier outpost befriends the Lakota and adopts their culture.
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ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
While no one is going to place Costner alongside Laurence Olivier in the acting department, he brings a likability to Dunbar that many...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie moves so confidently and looks so good it seems incredible that it's a directorial debut.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
A three-hour delight… The movie generates much of its power by being so life-affirming at a time when people feel nervous about the...
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
The treatment of the Sioux is not only sympathetic, it's ethnographically exact. Neither Noble Savages nor Red Injuns, the natives in...
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80

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Of sentiment there is too much and the final sequence when the white men inevitably rear their heads and raise their rifles so fraught with...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The picture moves slowly but never sluggishly, and it never grinds down. The measured pace shows real assurance on the part of Costner. [9...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Ultimately, this film is more interesting than rousing; missing is a John Ford-ian wealth of idiosyncratic characters. [9 Nov 1990, Life,...
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63

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Smoothly directed by Kevin Costner, who also gives a sensitive performance in the leading role. The screenplay is often trite, however, and...
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50

TV Guide

A western for people who are completely ignorant about the genre. Costner's direction is barely competent and frequently clumsy.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is so busy turning the Sioux characters into photogenic saints that it never quite allows them the complications of human beings.
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By jwelch5742
This was excellent film. This had great Film Editing, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Screenplay, Director and wonderful Original Score....

A Dance with a good film!

By clobberingpunk
Dances with Wolves is one of the best movies I've ever seen! It has the heart and passion of a great film, it truly delivers! If your ever looking for a good movie to watch, watch Dances with...

Excellent!

By Surfer Chick
One of the best movies ever. Great acting, cinematography, and story line. Entertainment at its best....

Just. Epic.

By Jeff Borup
One of the greatest stories ever told (see Avatar, The Last Samurai, etc...)...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violent Scenes
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 13 & under A grand, sweeping journey with graphic violence.
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