100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though there is plenty of gunplay, this is a wondrously contemplative and poetic saga that offers a fresh and bewitching take on a timeworn genre.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The nervy style of this newfangled Western, with its eerie, insinuating score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, is so effective that long after Pitt and Affleck have left the screen, emotional disturbance lingers like gun smoke.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It is a film, often breathtaking without settling for being pretty, filled with nervous silence.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Artfully exciting and compulsively watchable even at a butt-numbing 152 minutes, the film makes good on the promise New Zealand writer-director Andrew Dominik showed with "Chopper" in 2000.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here is another Western in the classical tradition.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Does something no other Jesse James movie has done: It tells the truth.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The language of its narrative, like that of its characters, may be elevated -- a literary Western version of Damon Runyon -- but the words are intriguing, challenging and, occasionally, very funny.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie dreamily conjures up the outlaw's last months, and it's gorgeous, but long, cumbersome, and slightly shallow.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This fascinating relationship gets smothered in pointlessly long takes, repetitive scenes, grim Western landscapes and mumbled, heavily accented dialogue.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Ponderous, repetitive and lacking a single rousing action sequence.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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