Ride with the Devil
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A complex tale of uneasy alliances and hostilities along the Kansas/Missouri border during the Civil War, Ride with the Devil opens in 1862. The story concerns Jack Bull Chiles (Skeet Ulrich), a proud son of the South ready to fight for the Confederate cause after his father is killed by Yankee troops. Chiles's friend, Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire), joins the Bushwhackers, a group of renegade Southerners aligned with the Confederate Army, even though his family supports the Union cause - which sets him head-to-head with his father. The two young men, used to the slow pace and gracious… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"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 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
"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
"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
"Does for Civil War movies what 1991's Mobsters did for gangster movies."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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