Silverado (1985)

Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado is a fond hark back to the all-star, big-budget westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. The various plotlines converge at the town of Silverado, held in thrall by crooked sheriff Brian Dennehy and his behemoth… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: May 31, 1999
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting rich detail and well-told story, Silverado is a rare example of an '80s Hollywood Western done right.

Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

The western is back, and with writer/director Lawrence Kasdan at the reins, you're glad to see it.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Kasdan resorts to a TV-like shorthand, substituting shtick for personality.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Called "revisionist" upon release in a bizarre misuse of the term, Silverado is neither something new nor something paying homage but rather a hollow facsimile

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Agreeable but never compelling.

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Time Out

This takes as its subject the Western itself; but what could have been a bankrupt exercise is saved by exuberance, goodwill, and sheer excitement.

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Rob Vaux

It's like a colossal buffet: You take what you want and leave the rest, readily forgiving the worst of it because the best just tastes so good.

Variety Staff

Real rewards of the film are in the visuals and rarely has the West appeared so alive, yet unlike what one carries in his mind's eye. Ida Random's production design is thoroughly convincing in detail.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A sweeping, glorious-looking western that's at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Filled with enough stock characters and B-film plotlines for a dozen mediocre Westerns.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover and Kevin Costner . . They all shine in their roles and its oneo f the best westerns out there. Its funny in all the… More
Tim Salmons
Classics modern-day western that is VERY AWARE of what it is. What a line-up of talent to go with such a great story. I had a BLAST!
Kevin M. Williams
More than a Western, a Western goulash with practically every Western cliche you can think of thrown in, and practically every A-list male lead at the time… More
Martin Bishop
Until a bit of a resurgence in the early to mid-90's, the western was essentially a dead genre. Entries like <i>Silverado</i> certainly… More
Thomas Bowler
A lot of fun even though the narrative sags a little. Full review later.
Jens S.
In the 80s, the genre of the Western movie was dead. This movie wasn't able to revive it either, but it didn't have to. It already included all you… More

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