Lee appears to have been torn between making a character study and an action movie, so both elements get short shrift. full review
The intriguing (if not always successful) result is an oddly contemplative picture about a horribly bellicose time. full review
Ang Lee is amazing.
A sublime contemplation of the American character at a particularly revealing time in our struggle to become a nation. full review
Oddly distant and uninvolving for such a blazing subject. full review
Politically astute, visually breathtaking but emotionally inert.
Given the flat performances and Schamus's overexplanatory script, Ride With the Devil has the feel of undergraduate costume drama. full review
The cast is attractive and proficient at handling the fancy dialogue the filmmakers offer up as period vernacular. full review
An impressive cast energizes Lee's smartly balanced themes of innocence and treachery. full review
A film that would inspire useful discussion in a history class, but for ordinary moviegoers, it's slow and forbidding. full review
From a technical perspective, Ride With the Devil is nearly perfect. full review
Even if this isn't the best Civil War film ever made, it's one of the most interesting and least dogmatic. full review
Lee and his team bring the period and place to life brilliantly, in its every frontier main street, homely speech pattern, and burnt gunpowder fog.