High Noon (1952) Synopsis
A marshal (Gary Cooper) stands alone to face a vengeful gunman and his gang.
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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...
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100

TV Guide

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

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Meaningful in its implications, as well as loaded with interest and suspense, High Noon is a western to challenge “Stagecoach” for...
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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...
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80

Variety

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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...
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High Noon

By Sallysprague
I loved this movie!! Classic! best western ever!!...

Classic!

By awnovak13
Music, cast, plot.... All great! Not for those with short attention span. It takes a while to build, but the story, as a whole, is the epitome of the American western....

"High Noon" is an AFI loved snoozer.

By Dominic LeRose
Western films just never seem to get tired of by AFI and other organization who identify key aspects of the history of cinema. No matter how long, boring, or slow they play out, there's always someone...

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Rated NR | For Mild Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic.
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