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Kevin Costner stars in and directs the Western Open Range. Robert Duvall stars as Boss Spearman, a rugged old-timer who free-grazes cattle. He and Charley Waite (Costner) have been partners for ten years. As the film opens in the 1880s, the pair and their employees -- the beefy, rugged, likable Mose (Abraham Benrubi) and the impetuous Mexican teenager Buttons (Diego Luna) -- are driving cattle across the West. Mose is attacked and thrown in jail during a visit to a town. The local cattle rancher Baxter (Michael Gambon) wants the free grazers off his land and warns Charley and Boss when they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"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
"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
"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
"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,
"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
"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,
"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)
"Good for Costner: at the close of a summer cluttered with dumb action films, sequels and remakes, he's bucked the trend and put himself back in the saddle again."
‑ , Film Threat
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