The Wild Bunch - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wild Bunch Reviews

Page 1 of 3
June 18, 2019
There is an unpleasant feeling of expense, of enormous amounts of money being spent, tons of footage being shot in order to get one slow-motion instant that will stamp home Peckinpah's obsessive theme
June 26, 2007
Film at 145 minutes is far over-length, and should be tightened extensively, particularly in first half.
March 28, 2017
Extremely violent '60s Western with drinking and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 20, 2018
Underneath the movie, which is set on the eve of World War I, there's an elegiac plangency that stays with you long after the shocks have worn off...The Wild Bunch still won't go down easy.
December 31, 2019
If you must see The Wild Bunch, be sure to take along a barf bag.
April 29, 2013
One of the great artistic achievements of the 20th century. And a bloody awesome western to boot!
August 6, 2019
The Wild Bunch is the last and indisputable epic story of the Western genre. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 17, 2018
Peckinpah plaits simple strands into an intricate pattern of contradictions and moral ambiguities.
December 3, 2018
Peckinpah's work, immaculately framed and searingly edited, leads us to wonder whether film form is hopelessly, and inevitably, in thrall to brutality.
January 1, 2000
Seeing this restored version is like understanding the film at last... It makes all the difference in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Not only does The Wild Bunch illustrate Peckinpah's mastery of his medium, but it presents a story that is effective on nearly every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2002
Time may have diminished the film's shock value, but time hasn't faded The Wild Bunch's immense appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
There are some wonderfully exciting action scenes, although much of it comes off a little bittersweet, as if these are the final days of some sad, wild animal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2019
My favorite western because of the staunch code of loyalty and ethics employed by men outside the law, and for the amazing mingling of eras - the Mexican civil war, Germans and early airplanes are all factors in small but haunting ways.
April 29, 2013
It's one of the great, arrogant take-it-or-leave-it jobs in history, and by this point it is so beyond either defense or attack that I come neither to praise nor to bury it but merely to describe it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 12, 2015
Even as a spectacular victim of its own success, the film retains a primitive, raw, vulgarly masculine power that leaves it powerful in all the right ways, and surprisingly un-dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
August 7, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Famous for its breathtaking bridge explosion sequence, "The Wild Bunch" is a western layered with social commentary about war, codes of honor among men, and humanity's childish nature that bends equally between violence and pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 4, 2008
Sam Peckinpah's great, bloody Western shocked most people with its extreme violence upon its original release, but now it's firmly nestled in the American canon.
March 18, 2020
The film drives to its foregone conclusion with the sureness of an arrow.
Page 1 of 3