O'Connor's movie is too sentimental and self-serious to add much of note to the mythos, but Portman embodies her character's grief no less movingly than her forebears.
Michael Nordine, Village Voice, 2016-02-03
As stripped-down, revisionist Westerns go, "Jane Got A Gun" may not have reinvented the wagon wheel, but it rolls out as a sturdy, well-crafted genre piece despite its rocky road to the screen.
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, 2016-01-30
The Weinstein Company may have unloaded this embattled Western without fanfare, but it should still appeal to genre fans.
Joe Leydon, Variety, 2016-01-29
This scandal-plagued project overcame the odds to deliver an earnestly felt actioner. ... Thankfully, [it] isn't another historically revisionist, grim-dark bleak-a-thon like, say, "The Revenant" and "The Hateful Eight."
Inkoo Kang, TheWrap, 2016-01-29
Feels as though everyone involved forced themselves to grit their teeth and get on with it.
Tom Huddleston, Time Out, 2016-04-19
At times, Jane Got A Gun comes perilously close to staying passive-to becoming A Gun Was Gotten By Jane.
Jesse Hassenger, AV Club, 2016-01-30
Whatever feminist angle the film might have once aspired to is lost in its listless shuffle.
Glenn Kenny, New York Times, 2016-01-29
A Western with potential for feminist table-turning and old-fashioned violence, "Jane Got a Gun" is a major letdown. Despite being co-produced by Portman, the movie sells her character short at nearly every turn.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2016-01-29
Jane Got a Gun is a slow fuse of a film that burns to a whimper instead of an explosion.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 2016-01-29
The problem with the film is that it never quite finds that final spark of inspiration that might have made it worth seeing, let alone producing in the first place, and it is further hampered by some clunkiness in the storytelling department.
Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com, 2016-01-29
It's hard not to watch the somber Jane without thinking that this is one of those cases where the making-of could be better - and definitely more fun - than the final product.
Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter, 2016-01-26
This poor little movie fires blanks.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 2016-01-25