The Hi-Lo Country
The Hi-Lo Country (1998)

Acclaimed director Stephen Frears helms the film version of the admired novel that for years Sam Peckinpah tried to get made. The film is an intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 30, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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56%
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The actors fail to live up to the archetypes they portray.

Rod Dreher
New York Post

Woody Harrelson's surprisingly credible, yippie-ki-yay performance as the last of the old-time cowboys is the only reason - but just reason enough - to see THE HI-LO COUNTRY.

Elizabeth Weitzman
Film.com

An ultimately overwrought project!

Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

For a film about grand passions, there is no fire to this film.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Everything is in place for a mythic drama, except the players, who don't begin to fill the boots of the archetypes they're meant to be.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

For all its deficiencies and misplaced emphases, The Hi-Lo Country still offers plenty of action and color.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Dullsville

Todd McCarthy
Variety

An outstanding performance by Woody Harrelson!

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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz

Tepid and unconvincing!

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Strong and heart-felt performances by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson make Hi-Lo Country an immensely appealing drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
A miss from the usually stellar Frears. Slow moving and dull. The uninspired acting from everybody but Woody doesn't help.
Leo L
great movie.