Dances With Wolves
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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 film opens on a particularly dark note, as melancholy Union lieutenant John W. Dunbar attempts to kill himself on a suicide mission, but instead becomes an unintentional hero. His actions lead to his reassignment to a remote post in remote South Dakota, where he encounters the Sioux. Attracted by the natural simplicity of their lifestyle, he chooses to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"This is a marvel from beginning to end."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"This is a western in the grand tradition, smoothly directed by Kevin Costner, who also gives a sensitive performance in the leading role. The screenplay is often trite, however."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Dances With Wolves runs a fraction more than three hours but justifies its running time."
‑ Lou Cedrone, Baltimore Sun
"Once in a long time, a movie speaks to the truths of U.S. history and causes the filmgoer to see past events in a new light. Dances With Wolves is such a movie."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Costner went for broke with his large-scale, Panavision epic... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A slow-moving but well-acted western."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"As a director, Costner is alive to the sweep of the country and the expansive spirit of the western-movie tradition."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME 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."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"For all its worthiness and pictorial beauty, the narrative is damaged somewhat by Costner's over-cautious, sentimentalised portrait of the Sioux as early eco-warriors."
‑ , Total Film
"a nuanced and thoughtful portrayal of cultures both clashing and finding common ground"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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