Legends of the Fall
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The sweeping, melodramatic saga of three brothers, their powerful father, and a beautiful woman, the popular period drama Legends of the Fall presents a romanticized view of rugged masculinity against lush Montana scenery. Based on a novel by Jim Harrison, the film covers decades in the lives of Alfred (Aidan Quinn), Tristan (Brad Pitt), and Samuel (Henry Thomas) Ludlow, the sons of retired military man William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins). Raised by the unorthodox Ludlow after the departure of their mother, the boys grow up close, sharing an appreciation of the land and a pioneering spirit. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"At first, the picture plays like East of Eden with a bonus brother; it gets sillier as it goes."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"Check your cynicism at the door, and just revel in its enormity."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A weird melodramatic epic -- Bonanza crossbred with the kind of novel that uses Fabio on the cover."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Bloated as a TV miniseries two nights too long, Legends of the Fall is stiff and uninteresting."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Tween girls will swoon over this tear-jerker."
‑ Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
"The actors fit their roles exceptionally well, but Zwick rarely allows them the kinds of crucial, intimate moments that establish how the characters feel about each other."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"There's a vast psychodrama being played out on the Ludlow ranch, battles between generations, philosophies, races and sexes. And the landscapes, photographed by John Toll, majestically backdrop all the personal and cultural furies."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"While the production is attractive in a calendar-photo sort of way, there's not a speck of genuine feeling in its glossy images."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It's a big movie that's so small on the inside it's not there."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"[Pitt] casts such a saintly, beatific sheen over the proceedings that he seems to glow from within."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Just when it starts to seem as if Legends might just turn into a pretty good movie, along comes some tired, soap-opera plot device."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Everything about Legends of the Fall shouts epic filmmaking and it is not an altogether unpleasant sound."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The real star, however, is John Toll's Oscar-winning cinematography, which is equally at home with the stunning beauty of the mountainous terrain and the killing fields of war-torn France."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"It either sweeps you up in its rapturous emotional wake or -- and it's a big or -- you just sit there and snicker. I found myself alternately doing both, though fortunately more of the former than the latter."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The part is a gift for Brad: he's a cowboy, soldier, adventurer and wanderer; impossibly glamourous and ludicrously far-fetched."
‑ , Film4
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