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Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado is a fond hark back to the all-star, big-budget westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. The various plotlines converge at the town of Silverado, held in thrall by crooked sheriff Brian Dennehy and his behemoth "deputies." The four disparate heroes--Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn and Danny Glover--prepare to do battle against Dennehy for personal reasons ranging from mercenary to altruistic. Sidelines characters include duplicitous, dandified gambler Jeff Goldblum, frontier widow Rosanna Arquette and gimlet-eyed saloon owner Linda Hunt. The film is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Agreeable but never compelling."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"This takes as its subject the Western itself; but what could have been a bankrupt exercise is saved by exuberance, goodwill, and sheer excitement."
‑ , Time Out
"Called "revisionist" upon release in a bizarre misuse of the term, Silverado is neither something new nor something paying homage but rather a hollow facsimile"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Should by rights swim in hokiness, but it's a bumptious classic."
‑ , Film4
"A terrific western with a superb cast"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Real rewards of the film are in the visuals and rarely has the West appeared so alive, yet unlike what one carries in his mind's eye. Ida Random's production design is thoroughly convincing in detail."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A sweeping, glorious-looking western that's at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's like a colossal buffet: You take what you want and leave the rest, readily forgiving the worst of it because the best just tastes so good."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"Engrossing western which inspired a huge genre revivial."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"The actors shift gears effortlessly, playing their parts with seriousness when the situation calls for it, but also enjoying those moments that are intended to be fun."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Kasdan resorts to a TV-like shorthand, substituting shtick for personality."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This is a story, you will agree, that has been told before. What distinguishes Kasdan's telling of it is the style and energy he brings to the project."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Filled with enough stock characters and B-film plotlines for a dozen mediocre Westerns."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A big stampede of a movie with ideas and scenes thundering off in dozens of directions."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Great new classic western."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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