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Reviews: The Lone Ranger (2013)

lone_rangerReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 4/3/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The Lone Ranger is confused about what it wants to be, which may explain its completely incomprehensible running time and meandering story and shifts in tone, not to mention its framing device and leaps of logic and plot holes.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The problem with The Lone Ranger — aside from it being lumbering, overlong, unfunny, and frequently dull — is that its script is no less confused about how to represent Native Americans than Depp is.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: The Lone Ranger might seem fun and fresh had Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski, and Disney not spent much of the twelve previous years making this exact kind of big-budget adventure. The bloated, dark, violent, dirty, overly stylized experience is too familiar and not entertaining enough whether or not you enter with any appreciation for this iconic yesteryear hero.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Mostly handsome, it sounds terrific, and when it wants to be exhilarating, it knows how to be; but the story is an epic disaster of bloat and confusion.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …despite this film’s excessive run time and the screenwriters’ decision to turn the Ranger into an inept supporting player, Verbinski’s crafted a somewhat more artful movie here than one might have expected.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s something jarringly misanthropic about screenwriters Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio’s rendition of the iconic hero…
  • Kate Erbland @ Film School Rejects
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
  • Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle
    • Excerpt: It’s as if Gore Verbinski’s prior film, 2011’s marvelous Rango, got lost amid the Trail of Tears in a buddy comedy served up with a side of Hannibal Lecter.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: It’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ in the old West. Any resemblance between the old-time radio/TV Western and this theme-park-ride-ready-to-happen is exactly what Disney had in mind.
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: Even more than Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger is the poster child for our culture’s terminal inability to offer children today heroic role models. It’s as cynical and bankrupt an exercise of pop moviemaking as any would-be summer blockbuster I can think of.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: The sort of movie where the word homage can be constantly uttered to describe various moments and motifs, and yet one still has the gnawing feeling that whoever made it hasn’t actually watched the films being quoted.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Limp and lifeless, this overlong and undercooked would-be blockbuster cannot focus on either the hard-edged realities or the magical mysteries it toys with.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: While it has enough going for it to not be a total bust, the film is a consumer product of empty calories that which you can consume and then go about your summer without giving it a moment’s thought.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: The best thing that can be said about The Lone Ranger is that it’s nowhere near as bad as the abysmal, nightmare-inducing, western-that-borderlines-on-fantasy Will Smith vehicle Wild Wild West.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Peter Martin @ Dallas Film Now
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: …it’s a one-joke, one-note lark that only exists to facilitate awkward comedy in an Old West setting…and, of course, so Johnny Depp can fulfill his desire to wear a dead bird on his head.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: THE LONE RANGER is a big fat waste of time.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: By the time the William Tell Overture kicks in during the big climactic action sequence, Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger had just about won me over.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: What should be a wild and wholly western buddy movie turns out to be a sometimes funny but mostly dreary melodrama.
  • Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Perhaps more important than what Gore Verbinski’s gleefully postmodern Western isn’t, is what it is.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A visually extravagant but tonally chaotic behemoth.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer get upstaged by a remarkable white horse named Silver.
  • Phil Villarreal @ COEDMagazine.com
    • Excerpt: I’m all for senseless violence in movies, but there is so much death and destruction going on here, you start to wish something nice would happen for once
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: The Lone Ranger buckles under a burden of genre triteness, dopey dialogue, and tonal confusion.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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