Unforgiven
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Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner examines the mythic violence of the Western, taking on the ghosts of his own star past. Disgusted by Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett's decree that several ponies make up for a cowhand's slashing a whore's face, Big Whiskey prostitutes, led by fierce Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), take justice into their own hands and put a $1000 bounty on the lives of the perpetrators. Notorious outlaw-turned-hog farmer William Munny (Eastwood) is sought out by neophyte gunslinger the Schofield… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"It shouldn't be missed by anyone with a taste for Eastwood's typically slanted morality. It's the actor/director's best movie -- and the best Western by anybody -- in over 20 years."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"The Western is back. With a vengeance. Saddle up or get out of the way."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Eastwoods' best, most personal work as both an actor and director can be found in this dark and sombre western classic."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"This isn't just a great Western. It's a great movie, no matter what the genre."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"High Noon it isn't; it's more like the darkest midnight of the American soul."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Unforgiven ain't nuthin' new, y'unnerstan', but it's a good, old-fashioned western-type pitcher with plenty o' rootin' tootin' action 'n' big ol' horses 'n' 10-gallon hats 'n' sech."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"This is the finest set of performances ever to grace a Clint Eastwood movie, and this time Eastwood even does a good job directing Eastwood. Every bullet in this movie matters."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"casts an unforgiving eye, from both insider and outsider perspectives, on the brutalities and hypocrisies of an 'enlightened' nation's Restoration period."
‑ Anton Bitel, Grolsch Film Works
"[Unforgiven] belongs to a tradition that includes such giants of the genre as Mann, Boetticher, Peckinpah and Hawks."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Guardian
"While Eastwood dedicates the film to Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, his early directors, he doesn't seem to have learned all that much from them."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Eastwood deliberately upends the conventions of the western, subverting his own image in the process."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This dark, melancholic film is a reminder-never more necessary than now-of what the American cinema is capable of, in the way of expressing a mature, morally complex and challenging view of the world."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Realistic and thoughtful, Unforgiven has the pictorial sweep we've come to expect from the genre and the intelligence too long missing from it."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"There is unlikely to be a better movie from the States or anywhere else this year."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"That's always been Eastwood's appeal -- the imperial authority that he projects on the screen. In Unforgiven, he uses that authority to deliver an anti-violence message that is truly powerful, never shrill and preachy."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
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