100

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
It's powerful entertainment. [22 Sept 1992, p.A16(E)]
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
This dark, melancholic film is a reminder -- never more necessary than now -- of what the American cinema is capable of, in the way of expressing a mature, morally complex and challenging view of the world. [7 Aug 1992]
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Unforgiven is the most provocative western of Eastwood's career, and with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris along for the ride, it's also the most potently acted.
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90

TV Guide

The cast is universally strong. Hackman, Freeman and Harris don't do anything they haven't done before, but the roles suit their personae to a degree where they approach archetypal status.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's the actor/director's best movie - and the best Western by anybody in over 20 years. [7 Aug 1992]
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80

Empire

It is the last great Western ever made, and it will always remain so.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Each character in David Webb Peoples' dense, unexpectedly stately, non- violent script (the inevitable gore is employed sparingly) is treated with that same, somewhat distanced clarity.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Plays out its drama with enough old-fashioned sobriety to lend the proceedings a classical air, offering the comfort of familiarity rather than the thrill of discovery. [13 Aug 1992]
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75

Entertainment Weekly

As enjoyable as most of Unforgiven is, Eastwood's shades-of-gray moralism feels like a whitewash.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Though the movie is riddled with memorable scenes of violence, its pace is slow -- too slow. It has an epic sprawl, but it's not an epic. It's more like a bloated fairy tale. [7 Aug 1992]
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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