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3:10 to Yuma
Lions Gate Films

3:10 to Yuma reviews
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Metascore: 76 Metascore out of 100
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7.2 out of 10
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MPAA RATING: R for violence and some language

Starring Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Ben Foster, Alan Tudyk, Gretchen Mol, and Peter Fonda

In Arizona in the late 1800's, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the 3:10 to Yuma, a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other’s respect. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail – and dangers at every turn – the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny. (Lions Gate)

GENRE(S): Western  
WRITTEN BY: Elmore Leonard (short story)
Derek Haas
Michael Brandt
Halsted Welles
DIRECTED BY: James Mangold  
RELEASE DATE: Theatrical: September 7, 2007 
RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes, Color 

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Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert
James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma restores the wounded heart of the Western and rescues it from the morass of pointless violence.
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Miami Herald Connie Ogle
The new version is a glorious, thrilling throwback that never sacrifices its solid roots in the western genre despite a sharp modern update that actually improves on the original.
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San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle
The finest American Westerns have a characteristic that 3:10 to Yuma shares. In a way that's almost mystical, they suggest a truth beyond the specifics of the tale.
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Baltimore Sun Michael Sragow
The rousing new Western 3:10 to Yuma has the sweep of an epic and the economy of a stopwatch.
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Film Threat KJ Doughton
Mangold has time to build sensational, studied characterizations, brilliant pacing (courtesy Mike McCuster, who also edited the director’s previous effort, the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line”), and blistering action.
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Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan
James Mangold directs it with such energy and passion that it's as if he didn't know it's all been done before.
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New York Daily News Jack Mathews
Unlike Glenn Ford, a soft-spoken studio star who was cast against type as Wade 50 years ago, Crowe is a perfect fit. Not because of his bad boy behavior offscreen, but because he can blend charm and menace better than anyone.
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TV Guide Ken Fox
The nerve-racking wait at the Contention hotel is no longer the film's centerpiece, but the deeper characterization gives Bale an opportunity to once again sink his teeth into a complex role, and offers a reminder as to why the notoriously difficult Crowe is sometimes worth the trouble.
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Boston Globe Ty Burr
Both actors are among the best, most intuitively creative we have, and whatever transpires offscreen in Crowe’s case, onscreen they only serve their characters. Neither man showboats here, and it’s a thrill to watch them work.
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Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey
A riveting remake of a pretty terrific 1957 western about manhood, fatherhood and honor.
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Portland Oregonian Shawn Levy
A fine and sturdy picture, capable of standing alongside the many such films made when Westerns were one of our chief entertainments.
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Christian Science Monitor Peter Rainer
What Alfred Hitchcock once said about thrillers also applies to Westerns: The stronger the bad guy, the better the film. By that measure, 3:10 to Yuma is excellent.
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The Onion (A.V. Club) Tasha Robinson
Mangold delivers a taut modern take on a lesser classic, preserving the "High Noon" themes about doing the right thing against all odds, and injecting a more modern pacing and urgency without going overboard. His film isn't Leonard's classic, but it's a solid, genre-respecting Western in its own right.
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The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen
A largely compelling ride on the strength of a powerful cast led by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
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The New Yorker David Denby
In this movie, Fonda really is iconic. 3:10 to Yuma may be familiar, but, at its best, it has a rapt quality, even an aura of wonder.
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Variety Todd McCarthy
James Mangold's remake walks a fine line in retaining many of the original's qualities while smartly shaking things up a bit.
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Chicago Reader J.R. Jones
Period westerns are so unfashionable and costly that they usually require a top-drawer script to get off the ground -- and this one, adapted from an Elmore Leonard story and its 1957 movie version, travels with an arrow's clean arc.
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Time Richard Schickel
Who says remakes are always inferior to the original film? And who says the western is dead? Especially when a movie is as entertaining as this one, you begin to think this formerly beloved genre is due for a revival.
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Austin Chronicle Marjorie Baumgarten
This film is an example of a Western that ought to appeal to a healthy-sized contemporary audience, and is also a remake of the 1957 film of the same name, which is a hallmark of the type of psychological Western.
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USA Today Claudia Puig
Captures a potent sense of the Old West with its multidimensional raw performances and captivating final shootout sequence. But with its emphasis on emotional truths, it transcends the confines of a cowboy movie.
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ReelViews James Berardinelli
The 30-minute finale, which includes a tense stand-off with Ben's gang, is masterfully executed. It's perfectly paced, suspenseful, and ends in a way that's both appropriate and satisfying.
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Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman
This is how a Western today tries to give us more bang for the buck. By working this hard to be a crowd-pleaser, though, it may please fewer crowds.
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Rolling Stone Peter Travers
Maybe this redo didn’t need so many bells and whistles, but Mangold brings it home.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jennie Punter
While the newer version's darker ending lends a more contemporary twist, overall 3:10 to Yuma is reverent to the original – a few more bullets and more spilled blood notwithstanding.
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New York Post Lou Lumenick
An extremely well-acted and well-directed remake of a 1957 oater.
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Charlotte Observer Lawrence Toppman
Mangold has been smart or fortunate in casting, and personalities sustain interest even when the narrative flags.
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Premiere Glenn Kenny
In the battle of the leading men, Crowe's character has a slight edge, and the actor really makes the most of it, showing us how boyishly mischievous charm and utter venality can exist without seeming contradiction in the same being. But Bale builds to a pretty impressive boil himself after laying back for about three quarters of the film.
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70 Stephanie Zacharek
Overall, the picture is accomplished, intelligent and, in places, a little dull. Mangold isn't an economical filmmaker, and parts of 3:10 to Yuma suffer from needless bloat. The new version doesn't use the same kind of blunt, visually arresting shorthand as Daves' original...And yet somehow, maybe just barely, Mangold -- succeeds on his own terms, largely because the actors he's working with here.
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New York Magazine David Edelstein
As Ben Wade, gang leader and murderer, he gives an ironic performance, but Crowe’s irony is more intense than other actors’ obsession. He turns the idea of having so few emotions--of being beyond caring--into a bloody joke. He upstages everyone with his laughing eyes.
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Village Voice J. Hoberman
The movie's best performance belongs to Peter Fonda. Tough, terrific, and totally unrecognizable as a bounty hunter, this cantankerous old hippie is so leathery he deserves his own line of rawhide apparel.
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Newsweek David Ansen
What this version offers is the chance to watch Russell Crowe and Christian Bale—two of the more charismatic, macho leading men around--duke it out psychologically, while another fine but less well-known intensity artist, Ben Foster, steals
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The New York Times A.O. Scott
More likely to be recalled as a moderately satisfying entertainment than remembered as a classic.
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LA Weekly Scott Foundas
Under Mangold’s sure if uninspired hand, the new Yuma is reasonably exciting and terse, and, like its predecessor, built around a memorable villain of ambiguous villainy.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer William Arnold
The result bears so little resemblance to the original that you have to wonder what happened. It seems more a remake of "How the West Was Won" than 3:10 to Yuma.
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Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips
The acting is its chief strength. Russell Crowe brings a cocky charisma to Ben Wade.
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Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern
The strengths of the first "3:10 To Yuma" were enhanced by its proportionality -- an intimate story told in 92 minutes. The story is no bigger in the new version, which goes on for 117 minutes. And it's certainly not better.
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Washington Post Stephen Hunter
The remake adds 24 minutes and subtracts most of the suspense.
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What Our Users Said

Vote Now!The average user rating for this movie is 7.2 (out of 10) based on 97 User Votes
Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Karen W. gave it an8:
A lot of violence, but awesome performances. Grabs hold of your emotions. The Western is back!

H. K. C. gave it a10:
Yes this is the one if you like the old West with a twist. Twist it does just about throughout the whole movie. So put on your spurs and saddle-up with a bag of Non-Buttered Popcorn and a 16 Caliber Diet Coke and Enjoy the Show. Regards, HK.

Dave R. gave it a3:
The longer it went on, the more it lost me. Good acting and atmosphere, but the characters made choices that made less and less sense, culminating in an absolutely unbelievable ending, and the pace alternated between being too slow and jumping over sequences and leaving us confused. James Bond can do that stuff and get away with it, because James Bond is a cartoonish character and we expect him to be over-the-top, but this lays claim to a more reality-based framework. It's a forgettable diversion at best.

Rex gave it a9:
This was a modern version of an old style western. I loved that it wasn't super realistic and gritty. I loved Russell Crowe and the ease in which his character’s intensity filled the screen. The scene with Bale’s wife when they are alone at the table was a perfect example. Speaking of Bale, I thought he was the best in this film. He is truly a talent that should be watched. . .the next Harrison Ford? I think so. When you watched him you did not think this is some heartthrob actor playing a one legged farmer. I believed his character from the beginning. Oscar worthy? No, but a very good film.

Jean D. gave it a9:
I'm not crazy about westerns, nor of violent films. I was convinced to see this movie and I'm so glad I did. The use of psychology and philosophy to show the characters was brilliant. Showing that anybody, regardless of moral character, can fall over to the opposite side. Even the good guys struggled with staying "good."

Mike A gave it a10:
Amazing film with an even more amazing cast. Love Crow and Bale together too. Hope they have other projects together in the future. The ending with it's moral ambiguity is wonderful. Maybe a sequel of some kind?

Bill C. gave it a4:
Remember when Nick Cage made good movies? It's been quite awhile hasn't it? Is the same happening now to Russel Crowe? He can act with the best of them, so what's he doing it this film.It starts out slow,follows the standard 1950's TV western plot, but then goes off the rails with a ending that makes no sense at all. Disapointing to say the least.

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