Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1

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, 48% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Kevin Costner doesn't lack for ambition as he sketches this frontier saga across the widest of canvases, but Horizon's first chapter proves too diffuse in scope for it to satisfy as a self-contained endeavor.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    There's nothing original about it... But I thought it was a serviceable Western.
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    Wenlei MaThe Nightly (AU)
    The three-hour epic is dull, frustrating and sleep-inducing.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    On its own, however, Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1 is a long trek to nowhere very much.
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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    By the end of it, you're still waiting for the story to start... It never giddies up. It just sits there.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    This is the kind of handsome, well-nourished film-making that looks an absolute treat up on the screen, but is about as authentically Old West as a set of dental veneers. Still, it’s not uninvolving.
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    Aja RomanoVox
    It wouldn’t be an American dream if it weren’t giant, over the top, and fueled less by reason than by sentiment.
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    It starts off as a rambling mess but eventually pulls itself together.
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    Collin GarbarinoWORLD
    Costner wants to make epic cinema, but with its battling storylines Horizon feels more like prestige television. This three-hour first chapter would have been more enjoyable and easier to follow if it had been four TV episodes.
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    John SerbaDecider
    An attempt to establish the Kevin Costner Wild West Extended Universe. It’s rough sledding so far, and makes him look less like the accomplished filmmaker we know him to be, and more like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
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    Dustin RowlesPajiba
    The actual problem with Horizon is that it’s not a movie. It’s a television show.
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