The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

In 1881 a younger member of the notorious James gang becomes so inextricably drawn to and frightened of his mentor that his own delusions of grandeur force him to consider doing the unthinkable.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 5, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: On the strength of its two lead performances Assassination is an expertly crafted period piece, and an insightful look at one of the enduring figures of American lore.

Bob Mondello

Writer-director Andrew Dominik takes his time with the story, but his languorous pacing allows tension to build -- and permits the actors, Affleck in particular, to add nuance and depth to characters who'll seem familiar only at first glance.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Moseying along for 160 minutes, this revisionist western by writer-director Andrew Dominik makes a wan attempt to present the Jesse James legend as the dawn of celebrity culture in America.

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Jordan Raup
The Film Stage

An early-established folkloric weight and timelessness runs throughout Dominik's neo-western masterpiece.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the story...of the moment in America when myth was murdered by mere celebrity and we were left, perhaps forever, with only the latter's meager consolations.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Awesome splendor and a striking essay on celebrity reward those who brave the 2 1/2-hour run time.

Dan Jardine

Affleck manages to strike so many right notes, that by the end of the film, it is easy to forget what a loathsome toady he was at film's start, and you cannot help but feel real pain as Ford's inevitably sad fate unravels before our eyes.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

When Ford finally pulls the trigger, it's a relief as the flick's final ten minutes spin into actually interesting terrain

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's a view of the West beyond the myth that's worth enduring, if not relishing.

Nick Rogers

Examining the transient nature of memories and mythmaking, "Coward" understands there are as many crooked legacies in high definition, as there were 130 years ago in dog-eared dime-store paperbacks and ghoulish stage productions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Meticulously made, with some beautiful images, but far too long and far too languidly paced.
Mark Walker
In 2000, director Andrew Dominik exploded onto the scene with low-budget but powerful biographical film "Chopper" about Australian criminal Mark… More
Daniel Perry
It's long, it's slow, and I loved it. The cinematography practically speaks for itself, telling a story that we all know from the villain's… More
paul oh
An american classic unnoticed. Its Brad Pitt as a poetic gun slinger and it works out. The story's direction emulates that of Terrance Malick and Julian… More
Chris Weber
This is quite a fascinating take on such a revered legend and the final months of his life. Less of a violent shoot 'em up, and more of a somber,… More
xGary Xx
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is a bit of a mouthful, but it's titled perfectly. The script is extremely literary and the… More