100

Washington Post

By Stephen Hunter
A terrific piece of filmmaking. It's taut, believable as it unspools. It's charismatic, with a slow buildup of tension in near-real time that finally explodes into a blast of violence.
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100

TV Guide

Not a frame is wasted in this taut, superbly directed, masterfully acted film, the first so-called "adult Western." (Review of Original Release)
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The Western may be one of the few truly American art forms, and High Noon shows exactly how much potential it can embrace.
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100

The New York Times

Meaningful in its implications, as well as loaded with interest and suspense, High Noon is a western to challenge “Stagecoach” for the all-time championship. (Review of Original Release)
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80

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Possibly the most Rorschachian film of all time, a symbol-only text that effortlessly conforms to any political present, and finds a foothold in your social sphere whether you're a free radical or reactionary wing nut.
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80

Variety

Cooper does an unusually able job of portraying the marshal. (Review of Original Release)
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70

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Some of the results ring false, but the memorable theme song and some equally memorable character acting (by Thomas Mitchell and Lon Chaney Jr. more than Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado) help things along.
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89 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.