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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.