Dances With Wolves
Dances With Wolves (1990)

A historical drama about the relationship between a Civil War soldier and a band of Sioux Indians, Kevin Costner's directorial debut was also a surprisingly popular hit, considering its length, period setting, and often somber tone. The… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 17, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A grand, sweeping epic with inarguably noble intentions and arresting cinematography, but one whose center, arguably, is not as weighty as it should be.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The important issues raised by the film- centered on the cultural, racial and moral struggle that took place on the American frontier-are glossed over in favor of a juvenile fantasy of male bonding around the campfire.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Dances With Wolves is a clear-eyed vision. Authentic as an Edward Curtis photograph, lyrical as a George Catlin oil or a Karl Bodmer landscape, this is a film with a pure ring to it.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

In an age when most movies are made by people who used to shoot commercials or music videos, the panoramic vistas of Dances with Wolves are an enjoyable reminder of the potential of the big screen.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

This collective array of talent has yielded a western that is at once original and traditional. Dances With Wolves looks back to the masterworks of the past and, with its relevance to our present, it deserves to be ranked with them.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Costner tells a personal story that never loses touch with the vast Western spaces encompassing and defining it. Dances With Wolves is an epic that breathes. And it's a beauty.

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun

Dances With Wolves runs a fraction more than three hours but justifies its running time.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A slow-moving but well-acted western.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

As a director, Costner is alive to the sweep of the country and the expansive spirit of the western-movie tradition.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

To say this movie is sporadically artful is to say that it is more interesting than most films around these days. But it is still a failure, if a glorious one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
Costner's half-hearted media apology to the Indian nation for the atrocities committed against them in the name of unrivaled, unapologetic, rapacious greed… More
Phil Hubbs
Probably the best western made, only 'Mohicans' comes close to this and only 'Apocalypto' recently challenges it. This is a heart warming,… More
Jameson Worley
Many people think the 1990 Oscar for Best Picture should have gone to GoodFellas; I might have preferred that also, but don't discredit this film for that… More
Jim Careter
Dances with Wolves is a masterful film. The storyline is great, and it was an incredible historical film. The cast was great, and this is probably Kevin… More
Daniel Mumby
It may be a clichéd complaint, but more often than not the Academy has got the Best Picture Oscar dead wrong. Sometimes, as with Crash, their mistake is obvious… More
Cassie Hill
A cinematic masterpiece in day. Kevin Costner is at his best in this beautiful story of how Lt. John J. Dunbar became friends with the Sioux & protected… More

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