The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Clint Eastwood's fifth film as a director and eighth Western as a star (ninth if you count Paint Your Wagon), The Outlaw Josey Wales chronicles the hero's violent journey westward after the Civil War. With fresh memoris of his… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 30, 1976
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Recreating the essence of his iconic Man With No Name in a post-Civil War Western, director Clint Eastwood delivered the first of his great revisionist works of the genre.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Wales also possesses a touching emotional vulnerability that marks another significant step away from Eastwood's often-overcriticized "macho" image.

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Phil Hardy
Time Out

Demonstrated Eastwood's ability to recreate his first starring role, as the mythic Man with No Name of the Italian Westerns, and to subtly undercut it through comedy and mockery.

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Fernando F. Croce

Eastwood's laconic gunslinger leaves a trail of bodies and tobacco spit throughout the film, but the trajectory lies in his questioning of the Man-of-No-Name mold though interaction with the more earthbound humans.

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Variety Staff

The screenplay is another one of those violence revues, with carnage production numbers slotted every so often.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Eastwood is such a taciturn and action-oriented performer that it's easy to overlook the fact that he directs many of his movies -- and many of the best, most intelligent ones.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Clint Eastwood seized the directorial reins from Phil Kaufman and fashioned this tough, sprawling post-Civil War western epic into something approaching a personal testament.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

[Eastwood] gets to the heart of the matter briskly, orchestrates his confrontations intelligently and gets off without lingering unduly over the resultant ugliness.

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Richard Eder
New York Times

A soggy attempt at a post-Civil War western epic.

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It's true enough that The Outlaw Josey Wales makes no attempt to hide its true nature, but that isn't to say it doesn't reward a closer look.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
One of the best westerns of all time. Another Eastwood Classic. Clint Eastwood is excellent, he delivers a thrilling performance and even more thrilling… More
Chris Weber
This film plays very fast and loose with both history and geography, but that aside, this is a very thrilling and rousing western adventure. The story… More
Alex roy
Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales is a near flawless Western with a great cast of actors. Directed by Clint Eastwood who also plays the lead role of… More
Reid Volk
While not perfect by any means, Eastwood manages to pull off an anti-war western. It is superbly shot and visually very enthralling compared to many of his… More
Kevin M. Williams
A typical horse opera with Eastwood as the stranger you better not mess with, only different, yea charged, with the blithe spirit of Chief Dan George as the… More
Sajin P A
When Mr.Clintwood is out for revenge, you know there's no stopping him. The journey of Josey Wales is an epic ride filled with adventure, action and wit.