Unforgiven (1992)

Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner examines the mythic violence of the Western, taking on the ghosts of his own star past. Disgusted by Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 3, 1992
DVD Release Date: March 26, 1997
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

While not a pretty picture - no ride-into-the-sunset cliches - Unforgiven is a magnificently realized work. In addition to Eastwood's fine, rough performance, Hackman and Freeman stand out.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

It shouldn't be missed by anyone with a taste for Eastwood's typically slanted morality. It's the actor/director's best movie -- and the best Western by anybody -- in over 20 years.

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Jason Bailey

That's the truly subversive act at the heart of 'Unforgiven': Clint Eastwood is puncturing a Western mythology he helped create.

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Danny King
Village Voice

Unforgiven is a stark western in slow motion, obsessed with reflection, not action.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Unforgiven ain't nuthin' new, y'unnerstan', but it's a good, old-fashioned western-type pitcher with plenty o' rootin' tootin' action 'n' big ol' horses 'n' 10-gallon hats 'n' sech.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Unforgiven brought the revisionist revenge film into the 1990s and, by extension, the 21st century.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

"Unforgiven" is a high-caliber movie, a gripping and haunting work of art that should finally establish Eastwood as one of America's best directors.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Eastwood deliberately upends the conventions of the western, subverting his own image in the process.

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Sean Axmaker

Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven earned the director his first Oscars, for Best Picture and Best Director.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Eastwood deconstructs the Western myths with this dark and realistic film devoid of any of that romanticism of the Wild West, and so it is a glorious farewell… More
Chris Weber
I'm a little undecided on the specific rating, being torn betweeen a 4 and a 4 1/2, so let's just call it around a B+ to an A-. When this film can… More
Kevin M. Williams
The Western typically glamorises the gun as the period in every sentence, the end of psychology, of philosophy. This film takes a brief overview of some of… More
Jens S.
Clint Eastwood's modern Western classic is a slow yet oddly engaging deconstruction of the traditional Western roles, expectations and stereotypes. The… More
Wildaly M
A very good Western. Eastwood is grand.
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