Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

Years before Kevin Costner danced with wolves, Robert Redford headed to the mountains to escape civilization in Sydney Pollack's wilderness western. Around 1850, ex-soldier Johnson (Redford) decides that he would rather live alone as a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 12, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 30, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jeremiah Johnson's deliberate pace demands an investment from the viewer, but it's rewarded with a thoughtful drama anchored by a starring performance from Robert Redford.

Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The dialogue is spare, the scenery the real star. Satisfying and impressive.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

There are momoments of great beauty and terror and deeply earned pathos. There are as well such not-so-incidental pleasures as John Rubinstein's lovely and serviceable musical score, and a cast of excellent supporting actors.

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Marcel Meyer
Austin Chronicle

A gritty, cinematic tall tale that resonates across geography, time, and the loneliest regions of the solitary heart.

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Variety Staff

Director Sydney Pollack has given a skilled, observant mounting as he carefully allows the man to grow in experience and knowhow.

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

Anyone who likes looking at Robert Redford or mountain landscapes or both will be very happy.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

Lacking in both action and dialogue, certainly, but look at that view.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A flawed but immensely appealing film.

Sky Cinema

Episodic in structure, the film is kept constantly interesting by its director who fills the screen with colourful little anecdotes

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Shortcomings and all, a fascinating attempt to capture the soul of the Western and splash it out for all the world to see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
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Kevin M. Williams
A remnant of the late sixties culture that spawned the viewpoints here, here is western take on Robert Frost's road less traveled. More a character study… More
Red Lats
I don't understand. The ratings for this movie say that 90% of people like it, but the movie seemed to plod along too slowly for me.
familiar stranger
I was expecting a thrilling mythological/adventurous flick, but the movie turned out to be quite the opposite of what I'd in mind after reading its… More
Chris Weber
Pollack and Redford's 1972 western is some kind of wonderful masterpiece. The bare bones plot involves a veteran of the Mexican War named Jeremiah Johnson… More
Ken Stachnik
Watchable, but far from anything amazing. Redford wanders out into the middle of the wilderness and then hardship ensues. Then he pisses off some Indians, and… More

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