• HannibalChew

    ★★★ Watched by HannibalChew 19 Nov, 2016

    [35mm]

    Plot-wise, not the most remarkable, but Clint is obviously playing around with Leone-like scenery shots and the blocking of Stockburn and his six deputies. Felt great watching wide, layered compositions on the big screen, even if the print wasn't completely pristine. MVP Carrie Snodgress.

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  • Daniel Ohlander

    ★★½ Watched by Daniel Ohlander 27 Nov, 2016

    This film was certainly pale...

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  • Not Pauline Kael

    Added by Not Pauline Kael

    Clint Eastwood's art Western, shot in art color--shades of dirt, with gray, brown, and black trimmings, and interiors so dark you can barely see who's onscreen in the middle of the day. Eastwood himself, a ghost who materializes as the answer to a 14-year-old girl's prayer for a miracle, seems to be playing some spectral combination of Death, Jesus, Billy Jack, and the Terminator. Set in the California Sierras during the gold-rush era before the Civil War, the movie is…

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  • Brandon Curtis

    ★★★★ Watched by Brandon Curtis 21 Nov, 2016

    I've always admired Michael Moriarty's brand of do-gooderism (his stint on Law and Order as Executive ADA is my favorite) where he appeals first and foremost with thoughtfulness before resorting to anything more. Though when he does it's the culmination of a satisfying arc from a man of appeasement to a man who dictates terms because he deserves the peace they'll give him. This is the best non-Leone, non-Unforgiven western in Eastwood's catalog.

    It's hard not to give credence to…

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  • Michael Gannaway / Hucksta G

    ★★★½ Watched by Michael Gannaway / Hucksta G 19 Nov, 2016

    Beautifully shot with a solid first and last act but I found the middle to be a bit of a slog

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  • Henrik

    ★★★½ Watched by Henrik 14 Nov, 2016

    This is a pretty well-made movie, and it in many ways highlights the failings of modern action movies in how it sets up its tense scenes. No need for loud music and lots of movement – tension needs to be the result of what we know about characters and the story, and it needs to be earned.

    Pale Rider does not have much of a story, nor is it interested in its own backstory, but it does well with what it has. I liked it.

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  • sharky_55

    ★★★½ Added by sharky_55

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Eastwood may have been the one to popularise the man with no name, but before he made this gruff remake, and before he shot to fame as the mysterious gunslinger, there was Alan Ladd in the eponymous Shane, who although has his name emblazoned all over, is more or less the same figure. The 1953 western is altogether a dirtier, enclosed affair, despite the state of an ageing, mid 50s Eastwood's beard. When Ladd rides off into the sunset at…

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  • AustinBitikofer

    ★★★★½ Watched by AustinBitikofer 06 Nov, 2016

    I wish Eastwood would do at least 1 more western.

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  • Rui Alves de Sousa

    ★★★½ Watched by Rui Alves de Sousa 02 Oct, 2016

    A meticulous copy of Leone's symbols and language (even the jackets of the bad guys are the same as Fonda's gang in "Once Upon A Time In The West"), that fails because it is so caricatured in everything - the goofy villains, the clichés, etc. It's laughable from time to time and has beautiful shots. Not one of Eastwood's best, but one of his most easily enjoyable films.

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  • Mao__

    ★★ Watched by Mao__ 03 Oct, 2016

    Absoluter Durchschnitt. Das Problem ist, dass er aufgrund seines Alters und keiner guten Remasterung auch nicht mehr wirklich gut aussieht daher 4 anstatt 5/10

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  • Mattias Momrak

    ★★ Watched by Mattias Momrak 16 Sep, 2016

    Worst western episode of MacGyver

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  • NSlater90

    ★★★★ Watched by NSlater90 10 Sep, 2016

    Perhaps a little heavy handed with it's religious allegory, and the consequential supernatural tone the film takes on feels slightly out of place in the context of a western.

    I also think (perhaps controversially) that Clint Eastwood is really uncharismatic, and actually felt like a bit of a weak link in the film. His acting just felt a bit stiff and heavy handed. I know the understated stoic antihero is basically his calling card, but it just didn't work for…

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