American Outlaws
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This loosely fact-based oater attempts to mimic the youthful heartthrobs in Western garb formula of Young Guns (1988), as well as the cheeky humor and some plot elements of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Colin Farrell stars as Jesse James, who returns home from the Civil War to his small hometown to find that a crooked railroad baron (Harris Yulin) has been illegally forcing the residents from the homesteads to make way for a new rail line. Enraged, James leads a band of outlaws including his brother Frank (Gabriel Macht), Cole Younger (Scott Caan), and Younger's brothers Bob… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For the most part it's First Knight Way Out West all the way."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"The movie's presumption of ignorance on the audience's part is monumental."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Let's cast a lot of cute boys as the James/Younger gang. In between hold-ups, they can bicker about who's the cutest and, oh yeah, they can take their shirts off a lot."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...instantly forgettable."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Marks the second time that O'Quinn has been in Young Guns and Dalton in The Rocketeer, leading me to conclude that I've wasted too much of my life watching terrible movies."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A big yawn that only reminds us why movie westerns are six feet under and not likely to make a comeback."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"The blandification of the puppy-stud Western reaches its nadir."
‑ , Entertainment Weekly
"Silly western revisits Jesse James."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Setting new standards in historical inaccuracy."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The kind of film that will have you throwing your popcorn at the screen in disgust."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"The bizarre result of another in a long line of westerns tailored for rising actors, who no one really takes seriously in such projects."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"Picture 1860s Missouri as Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break and you've got the idea."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Never mind that it's already been done before and better; it's never been done this pretty."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"At its best, American Outlaws is absurd; at its worst, it's tedious and laughable."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"A film that can best be described as the "dumb version" of Young Guns 2, American Outlaws ranks among the year's most entertainingly insipid movies."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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