A Perfect World
A Perfect World (1993)

Set in Texas during the fateful month of November 1963, director Clint Eastwood stars as Red Garnett, a Texas Ranger on a manhunt for an escaped criminal (Kevin Costner) who has kidnapped a young boy (T.J. Lowther) and taken off across… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 24, 1993
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite some formulaic touches, Clint Eastwood's haunting, ambiguous crime drama is smart and gritty, and features a bravura performance from Kevin Costner as a prison escapee on the run.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

In going beyond chase-yarn duty, Eastwood and Costner do themselves proud.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Within its narrow, unambitious, commercial boundaries, the movie is highly watchable.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Tells the tale of an escaped convict and his eight-year-old hostage and, in the process, considers the cycles of disappointment wrought on sons by questionable fathers: abusive ones, absent ones, even a well-meaning "daddy state." [Blu-ray]

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James Berardinelli

A Perfect World is evidence that Hollywood is still capable of producing the kinds of moving, intelligent movies that have increasingly become the province of independent film makers.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's an American masterpiece.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Entertaining manhunt film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a movie that surprises you.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It will not please everyone because it presents things in shades of gray and takes few easy outs.

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Chuck O'Leary

A tender, poignant, ultimately heartbreaking film filled with haunting, lasting images and nicely eccentric touches. Arguably Costner's best performance, and one of Eastwood's most underrated efforts behind the camera.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The surprise of this film is in its decision to view a desperado as a very relatable figure who's motivations are generally noble, ultimately twisted by a… More
Melvin White
A Perfect World is a very good and very underrated Clint Eastwood film. Kevin Costner is great as Butch Haynes. It possibly is his greatest performance of his… More
xGary Xx
An escaped convict takes an 8 year old boy hostage and is pursued in the resulting manhunt by a motley assortment of lawmen headed by pragmatic good ol'… More
Christopher Alcock
Walkin's for squares. Clint Eastwood delivers a moving tale about a boy kidnapped and held as hostage by an escaped convict. Devoid of a male role… More
Alex roy
I'm very biased towards Clint Eastwood films. I believe that he is a terrific director and actor, and he's also one of my favorites actors. I thought… More
Jason Owens
Two of my favorite actors in one movie: Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood, who not only acts but directs this one. It was just as good as I would've… More