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Upon drifting into a troubled Western outpost and discovering that the helpless locals are being terrorized by a ruthless rancher and his brutish hired hands, two rugged, straight-shooting peacemakers decide to stick around and put things right in this Western adapted from the novel by Robert B. Parker and directed by Ed Harris. Bragg (Jeremy Irons) is a rancher who believes himself to be above the law, a stance that's forever cemented when he guns down the town sheriff and his deputy in cold blood. Horrified, the defenseless townspeople pray for the day a savior will arrive in town to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It was at times incredibly slow and even poorly edited, and I've never understood the appeal of Renee Zelwegger."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Dialogue, much of it lifted straight from Parker's novel, proves mostly engaging."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A droll Western with an odd romantic triangle."
‑ Don Groves,
"A dusty, old-fashioned Western with a dusty, old-fashioned vibe. You can all but smell the saddle soap as the story unfolds."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Viggo Mortensen is a trustworthy ally in the project, an actor whose extraordinary range enables him to move his performance along the scale from 0 to 100 at will."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Ed Harris does it better than anybody."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Harris displays a quiet, unshowy confidence and a genuine fondness for the genre, capturing the horses and guns and saloon glasses in a soft, almost-sundown light."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Old-fashioned Western features great performances."
‑ James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
"There's considerable pleasure in Appaloosa's respect for the undramatic. It doesn't go where you'd expect..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Wearing not only his actor's lawman hat, but also that of director and co-screenwriter, Ed Harris delivers a splendid film, filled with nuances, complexities and substance"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Appaloosa takes the traditional notion of a lone lawman fighting injustice and turns it successfully on its head."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Harris co-wrote, directed and stars in the film, which is filled with humor, action and clever turns."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"old-fashioned but simple and effective entertainment"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"True, the film is a little long, and it loses momentum at one stage, but generally speaking this is a most enjoyable return to what was once the cinema's most popular genre."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Brush away the dust and you'll find a sense of nostalgia and romanticism about lost American values and altered social hierarchies."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
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