Cimarron
Cimarron (1931)

Cimarron was the first Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture--and, until Dances with Wolves in 1990, the only one. The film begins on April 22, 1889, the opening day of the great Oklahoma Land Rush on the Cherokee Strip. Boisterous… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 31, 2006
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cimarron is supported by a strong performance from Irene Dunne, but uneven in basically every other regard, and riddled with potentially offensive stereotypes.

TIME Magazine

It is a long, full-bodied picture, paced so deftly that although it covers more than half a century of crowded, changing events, it never drags and is rarely jerky.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Critically lauded at the time of its release, Cimarron was beloved by most who saw it. Eight decades later, it is frequently cited on lists of the most undeserving Academy Award winners.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Consistently dull, this old western tale is highlighted by an endearing debut performance by Irene Dunne.

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Variety Staff
Variety

This is a spectacular western away from all others. It holds action, sentiment, sympathy, thrills and comedy -- and 100% clean.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first western to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Too bad the rest of the film doesn't measure up to the opening.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

A graphic and engrossing screen conception.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

It holds up surprisingly well today.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Cimarron, a rather weak film, is one of the few Westerns to win the Best Picture Oscar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A land rusher and his wife attempt to conquer the West. I think one's judgement of this film rests with one's judgement of its main character. Some… More
Byron Brubaker
The scene of the rush out west for cheap land with hundreds of extras in wagons, on horse back, and on foot is an amazing epic scene. The rest of the movie I… More
Chris Weber
Okay, so this film is historically significant since it's the first western to win an Oscar (in general), and also for (somehow) snagging Best Picture. I… More
John Ballantine
An early western that would easily be bettered by westerns created in subsequent decades.
jay nixon
Creaky antique that somewhat inexplicably won the second best picture Oscar ever awarded. Taking into account that films had just started to talk perhaps that… More
Lord Naseby
I really disliked this one. It was a poorly made western film. I disliked the character of Yancey quite a bit. at some points it was downright racist. there is… More