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: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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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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TV Guide

Beautifully photographed in the wilds of Utah, this film unfortunately doesn't know when to stop; it feels consumed by a self-concious desire to be arty, and offers a treatment too cool for its subject matter.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A flawed but immensely appealing film.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Pollack's attempts at myth-making yield the same results as his attempts at most anything else. Jeremiah Johnson is boring, overlong, and pointless.

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Empire Magazine

Pollack does right to put his faith in one man and a whole lot of mountains. The result is 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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Beautifully photographed in the remote mountains of Utah.

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Emanuel Levy

Like other films of the 1970s, Pollack's saga combines nostalgia and cynicism in equal measure, thus pleasing both right-wing and left-wing viewers, not to speak the delight of seeing Robert Redford at his most handsome in a cowboy attire.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
closet favorite
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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