The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Synopsis
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. Young Robert Ford is thrilled when he finally gets to ride with legendary outlaw Jesse James. But this new member of James’ gang soon is disillusioned by the difference between the man and...
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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...
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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...
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Chicago Tribune

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

By Roger Ebert
Here is another Western in the classical tradition.
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New York Daily News

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

By Kirk Honeycutt
This fascinating relationship gets smothered in pointlessly long takes, repetitive scenes, grim Western landscapes and mumbled, heavily...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Ponderous, repetitive and lacking a single rousing action sequence.
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The assassination of a good movie by director Andrew Dominik

VERY SLOW moving, the couple next to us walked out. Pitt is a pro but has too little to work with. I found myself looking around to see if anyone else was tapping their foot or fidgeting in their...

altman meets tarkovsky meets burns

By filmbuff60
The realism of the character portrayal reminds me of a Robert Altman movie. The languid pacing reminds me of an Andrei Tarkovsky movie. The narration reminds me of a Ken Burns project. Casey Affleck...

Don't expect a shoot 'em up

By GaryE1
I think that many of the people who didn't like this film were probably going expecting a western shoot 'em up ala 3:10 to Yuma. If that's your taste, then go see Yuma and skip this one. If, on the...

A masterpiece

By lisaloveslinkinpark
This movie is a modern masterpiece. Every aspect of this film was flawless. The first point I must talk about is the amazing acting that single-handedly makes this film so memorable. Casey Affleck's...

A hauntingly beautiful film exploring the nature of celebrity and the mass media in American history

By rickjw
Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, is a deliberately paced, stunningly visualized, and emotionally charged exploration of the early development of mass media...

If I'd had my handgun, I would have shot Jesse James myself in first hour of movie!

By GearMaven
What was this? I attended the free screening tonight in San Francisco and, within the first hour, I was ready to pull out my own handgun and shoot Jesse James myself. What a long, drawn-out excuse...

An Interesting take on an old story.

By ledzeppelin
I went into this movie like most people. I thought I was going to see a shoot em up Western movie. Assassination is not like that at all. There are only a handful of scenes that involve guns or...

Jesse James

By crez33
This movie was brutal. It is way too long - not because it's 2 hours and 40 minutes, but because there are multiple scenes that drag on pointlessly and because there are longueurs scattered...

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By cody999
This is a beautifully filmed and directed movie. The acting was superb by both Pitt (of course) and Afflect (wow). The movie is a bit long, but it is done so well that you will not notice. It's one of...


By Blowhard
I guess if a movie sucks we call it art. That's just a way for the faithful to say, " You didn't understand it." It was a study in tension, not patience and definitely not character developement....

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Rated R | For some strong violence and brief sexual references
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