New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The best movie I've seen this year.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The movie is longer and slower than necessary, but it explores interesting questions of wartime violence, personal integrity, and what it means to come of age in a society ripping apart at the seams.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
At a time when new westerns are in short supply, Devil a sight for sore eyes.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
For fans of Westerns, the film may have particular appeal. Its period gear and garb and galloping horses are major attractions
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
Brave enough to take up the war from the Southern point of view.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's one of the few films that persuades you that it went out to meet the war and bring it to us with verisimilitude.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Though Lee's movie is dripping with action and beautiful details, it's aimless and, eventually, tedious.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Jewel is more like an acting zircon because she just can't project, but at least she looks the part, and her novelty value isn't unwelcome.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A meditation on the racial and class conflicts at the heart of the American character.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Ang Lee's bloody but dramatically anemic depiction of the American Civil War as fought by boys without uniforms.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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