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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The picture moves slowly but never sluggishly, and it never grinds down. The measured pace shows real assurance on the part of Costner. [9 Nov 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1] show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Ultimately, this film is more interesting than rousing; missing is a John Ford-ian wealth of idiosyncratic characters. [9 Nov 1990, Life, 4D] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This movie moves so confidently and looks so good it seems incredible that it's a directorial debut. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    While no one is going to place Costner alongside Laurence Olivier in the acting department, he brings a likability to Dunbar that many better performers might not have been able to match. show more

  • 88
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    A three-hour delight… The movie generates much of its power by being so life-affirming at a time when people feel nervous about the future. [9 Nov 1990, Friday, p.C] show more

  • 88
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The treatment of the Sioux is not only sympathetic, it's ethnographically exact. Neither Noble Savages nor Red Injuns, the natives in Dances With Wolves are differentiated human beings about to undergo cultural genocide. show more

  • 63
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Smoothly directed by Kevin Costner, who also gives a sensitive performance in the leading role. The screenplay is often trite, however, and there's no reason for the picture's three-hour length. [9 Nov 1990, Arts, p.12] show more

  • 80
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Of sentiment there is too much and the final sequence when the white men inevitably rear their heads and raise their rifles so fraught with tears and peril as to be exhaustingly melodramatic. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    A western for people who are completely ignorant about the genre. Costner's direction is barely competent and frequently clumsy. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The film's politically correct repudiation of the familiar black-and-white characterizations of the white and red man is ultimately undermined, however, when the pendulum swings too far in the other direction. show more

  • August 23, 2011 Sweetrose
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    Costner ( Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves), is a fantastic actor ! He is the best, at portraying a lawman(Elliot Ness in The Untouchables). Here we find John Dunbar to be obedient to the soldier\'s code. While he tries to patch up relations between the military and the local tribe,he suddenly has feelings for Stands With a Fist (McDonell);She becomes the only link of communication he has to depend on.What is outrageous,is the lack of respect Dunbar received from his own men. Dunbar was abused,beaten down, and the men were part of his team.The greatest honor came from Kicking Bird (Greene), who was trying to make peace and look out for his own people. Although this film is a long saga,it is worth the trouble! A person sees the greed and selfishness of the American soldiers, then.Now we find tribal sects scattereed all over our Nation, and they earn what respect they are entitled to.I say cheers to the cast,for this \"pure\" history lesson to learn from.

  • May 15, 2010 drarthurwells
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    One of the all-time greatest films.

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