Winchester '73
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stewart brings real flavor and appeal to the role of Lin, in a lean, concentrated portrayal."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The final shoot-out remains a classic study in mise-en-scene, as Mann transforms a jagged landscape into a highly charged psychological battleground."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The ruthless scraping of the Western's heroic veneer is Anthony Mann's stroke of genius"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"At one time, the phrase 'action director' didn't mean a technician who knew how to stage the biggest explosions. It meant someone who understood the psychology of action, the reasons behind it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"James Stewart's driven, neurotic portrayal is one of many highlights in this seminal revenge western."
‑ James Jennings, Film4
"Mann's first film with James Stewart, with whom he was to make a series of classic Westerns, this offers the clearest example of Mann's use of the revenge plot."
‑ , Time Out
"Atmospheric Western with an unusual look at Dodge City and Wyatt Earp."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Every bit the classic its reputation suggests."
‑ David Cornelius,
"One of the truly great Westerns, directed and acted with flawless skill in the old style."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A frisky, fast-moving, funny Western in which a rifle is the apple of a cowboy's eye."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Winchester '73 is simply one of the finest Westerns ever made, in a class with the best of Ford and Hawks."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The first collaboration between director Mann and actor Stewart, a team that would create a series of superior westerns that added a new, psychological dimension to the genre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Jimmy Stewart's performance is tinged with desperation and dementia -- the work of a great actor discovering a new boldness inside."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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