The Ballad of Lefty Brown ★★½

This western has some good story possibilities, fine supporting performances, and a realistic period look in the beautiful Montana countryside. Bill Pullman's portrayal of Lefty, however, never really rings true. It's like a collection of mannerisms that never adds up to a character. This is the kind of role that comes naturally to Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, or Walter Brennan, but with Pullman it feels forced. Jim Caviezel, on the other hand, is very impressive, as is Tommy Flanagan. As for the plot, there is a sort of murder mystery going on here, but it's so predictable from start to finish that it's not really very mysterious. Towards the end, the good guys get away with quite a bit, to the point of defying belief.