Ride With the Devil
Ride With the Devil (1999)

The American Civil War is about to break out and best friends Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles find themselves thrust into battle when Union marauders destroy Jack's family plantation. They join the Bushwackers, a skilled unit of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 24, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-acted, eccentric Civil War film, Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil is often more visually striking than it is emotionally engaging.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lee appears to have been torn between making a character study and an action movie, so both elements get short shrift.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A sublime contemplation of the American character at a particularly revealing time in our struggle to become a nation.

Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Like too many other young men in too many other wars, Maguire's Jake Roedel sees too much, and grows up too fast.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The intriguing (if not always successful) result is an oddly contemplative picture about a horribly bellicose time.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Oddly distant and uninvolving for such a blazing subject.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The Lawrence massacre provides no catharsis, only a sense of despair at the state of the human condition and at young men turned psychopaths.

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Peter Brunette

Ang Lee is amazing.

Todd McCarthy

Admirably expressive.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

the main characters, despite their various complexities, are never particularly compelling and therefore fail to draw us into (or help us make sense of) the film's abstract themes

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
A beautiful character study with jolts of great action, Tobey Maguire's best performance and a great supporting cast.
Bobby Hobbs
Ride with the Devil was an interesting movie for me: For one it was the first movie I seen that actually had the ability to break Tobey MaGuires image of… More
Phil Hubbs
Very interesting film which focuses on the American civil war but the Southern Confederate side as opposed to the more regular viewed Northern Union side. Its… More
Chris Weber
The Civil War is one of those topics that is so popular that any sort of thing which uses it is basically guaranteed to get people to check it out. That said,… More
William Dunmyer
Every great director has one or two misfires. The Civil War drama "Ride With the Devil" is Ang Lee's, and it's a doozy. The photography is… More
Clintus Maximus
Set during the guerilla war in Missouri and Kansas during the Civil War, this film is a magnificient coming of age story. Tobey McGuire, Jewel, Jeffrey Wright,… More