Cimarron (1931)

Cimarron was the first Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture--and, until Dances with Wolves in 1990, the only one. The film begins on April 22, 1889, the opening day of the great Oklahoma Land Rush on the Cherokee Strip. Boisterous… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 26, 1931
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cimarron is supported by a strong performance from Irene Dunne, but uneven in basically every other regard, and riddled with potentially offensive stereotypes.

Irene Thirer
New York Daily News

"Cimarron" is magnificent in scope, powerful in treatment, admirable in acting. But it is even more than all this. It is one of few talking picture productions which inspires rather than awes.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

A graphic and engrossing screen conception.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Get past the occasionally dated feel of Cimarron and you'll find a cracking yarn, one that does eventually make up for itself.

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TIME Magazine

It is a long, full-bodied picture, paced so deftly that although it covers more than half a century of crowded, changing events, it never drags and is rarely jerky.

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James Berardinelli

Critically lauded at the time of its release, Cimarron was beloved by most who saw it. Eight decades later, it is frequently cited on lists of the most undeserving Academy Award winners.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first western to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

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Variety Staff

This is a spectacular western away from all others. It holds action, sentiment, sympathy, thrills and comedy -- and 100% clean.

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Witney Seibold

I can see the epic tragic scope that Cimarron was going for, and I can glean the dramatic irony inherent in the hugeness of it all, but it just doesn't work. It's a stiff, unengaging movie.

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TV Guide

It holds up surprisingly well today.

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A land rusher and his wife attempt to conquer the West. I think one's judgement of this film rests with one's judgement of its main character. Some… More
Byron Brubaker
The scene of the rush out west for cheap land with hundreds of extras in wagons, on horse back, and on foot is an amazing epic scene. The rest of the movie I… More
Chris Weber
Okay, so this film is historically significant since it's the first western to win an Oscar (in general), and also for (somehow) snagging Best Picture. I… More
John Ballantine
An early western that would easily be bettered by westerns created in subsequent decades.
jay nixon
Creaky antique that somewhat inexplicably won the second best picture Oscar ever awarded. Taking into account that films had just started to talk perhaps that… More
Lord Naseby
I really disliked this one. It was a poorly made western film. I disliked the character of Yancey quite a bit. at some points it was downright racist. there is… More