Ride with the Devil
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The American Civil War is about to break out and best friends Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles find themselves thrust into battle when Union marauders destroy Jack's family plantation. They join the Bushwackers, a skilled unit of guerilla-style fighters, and fight side-by-side until some of the members begin to distrust Jake and his Union sympathizing father. Jake becomes isolated from the gang and strikes up a friendship with Holt, a former black slave, as his seperation from Jack takes one final, deadly turn.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"Lee appears to have been torn between making a character study and an action movie, so both elements get short shrift."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A sublime contemplation of the American character at a particularly revealing time in our struggle to become a nation."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Like too many other young men in too many other wars, Maguire's Jake Roedel sees too much, and grows up too fast."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"Bucolic scenes of men at rest in beautiful wild landscapes and families gathered over meals in manors and homesteads are shattered by battles..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Lee is a master storyteller."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"The intriguing (if not always successful) result is an oddly contemplative picture about a horribly bellicose time."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Admirably expressive."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The Lawrence massacre provides no catharsis, only a sense of despair at the state of the human condition and at young men turned psychopaths."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"'It ain't right; it ain't wrong; it just is.' That line, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up Ride with the Devil."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Sustains a standard of realism that can induce extraordinary tension."
‑ Randall King, Jam! Movies
"Ang Lee is amazing."
‑ Peter Brunette, Film.com
"A film that would inspire useful discussion in a history class, but for ordinary moviegoers, it's slow and forbidding."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"the main characters, despite their various complexities, are never particularly compelling and therefore fail to draw us into (or help us make sense of) the film's abstract themes"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This isn't the usual Civil War tale of learning to respect a man regardless of his race.... It's about how true freedom comes from love, from respect, and from self-sacrifice."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"...unexpectedly watchable due mostly to the above-average performances from Tobey Maguire, Jeffrey Wright and even Jewel (in her film debut)."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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