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Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Handsomely mounted, as you would expect, Open Range has a good deal to commend it."
‑ , Time Out
"The casting of this film may be its greatest asset: Duvall and Costner have the easy familiarity of longtime partners."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Some killing, but most violence is PG-13."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An unbelievable old-fashioned western..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Costner finds in the Western something grand, familiar and new within a genre that clearly has some life in it yet."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Just about everything in this movie has its antecedent: a little bit of Shane here, a chunk of High Noon there, and so on. And yet it's all rather pleasing, in a regressive sort of way."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Charley's crusty assessment of events -- 'Nothing that's been happening in this town is much of a surprise' -- is all too knowingly accurate."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"The thunderous climax -one of the muddiest, bloodiest and most chaotic gunfights of the 2000s -makes it clear that Kevin Costner's plaintive, patient, slightly overlong Western was only sitting for a spell to race toward the finish."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Thoroughly enjoyable and involving, Kevin Costner's Open Range is a beautifully made western about flawed heroes who believe in redemption, loyalty and respect."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"While equally paying homage to directors Peckinpah, Eastwood, and Kurosawa, what makes Open Range special is that it's a love story, too. And one peopled by endearing characters we're inclined to care about when the bloodletting has finally ended."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A movie that seeks no higher calling than to entertain us the way Hollywood used to."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Range is handed a stunning period scope by Costner's directorial eye, while forming an unexpectedly tender core to help endear these character past their grizzled exterior."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Something like...It's a Wonderful Life, only rich in slaughter."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"By the end, I was thinking this is probably one of the best westerns made since Kevin Costner first hopped on a horse in "Silverado.""
‑ , Film Threat
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