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“The Magnificent Seven” Reviews: Critics take on the remake

Posted in: Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  September 27th, 2016
Magnificent Seven Reviews Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven

Director Antoine Fuqua brings a classic Western back to the big screen. Check out the Magnificent Seven reviews to see if the film lives up to its potential.

Led by Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, the new Magnificent Seven remake tells a familiar story. In the motion picture, Washington’s character recruits a team of six fellow outlaws and heroes to save a defenseless town, which has been overrun by thieves and criminals.

At this writing, The Magnificent Seven has a solid 61% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com. That number will likely change as new reviews pour in.

We’ve looked over a lot of the new reviews and here’s a list of a few of the must-read Magnificent Seven reviews below (and make sure you check out our own review here).

Christopher Orr, TheAtlantic.com: “Though not quite proactively bad, the movie does virtually nothing to justify its existence—especially given that it follows in the footsteps of not one but two superior films: Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece, The Seven Samurai, and the 1960 John Sturges western from which Fuqua’s borrows its title and genre.”Check out the full review here.

Bob Mondello, NPR.com: “It’s hardly magnificent, and apart from its casting it’s not doing anything particularly original with its premise. But it’s diverting in about the way you’d expect of a remake twice removed — call it a perfectly competent seven.” Check out the full review here.

Leonard Maltin, LeonardMaltin.com: “What a shame, and what a waste.” Check out the full review here.

Kurt Loder, Reason.com: “Fuqua is also an unstinting action man, and while the movie is slow to get started, by the end, when a Gatling gun begins to chatter and bodies fly and all kinds of stuff starts blowing up, it finally delivers what you’ve come to see.”Check out the full review here.

James Verniere, BostonHerald.com: “Fuqua (“Training Day,” “Shooter,” “The Equalizer,” “Southpaw”) makes films that are not as good as you wish they were, and “The Magnificent Seven” is no exception.” Check out the full review here.

Peter Travers, RollingStone.com: “The new Seven isn’t aiming for cinema immortality. It’s two hours of hardcore, shoot-em-up pow and it’s entertaining as hell.” Check out the full review here.

Richard Roeper,Chicago Sun-Times:  “Over all, this is a rousing, albeit sometimes cheesy, action-packed Western bolstered by Denzel Washington’s baddest-of-the-baddasses lead performance, mostly fine supporting work, and yep, some of the most impressively choreographed extended shootout sequences in recent memory.” Check out the full review here.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: “‘The Magnificent Seven’ is fine as far as it goes, but — especially when the familiar strains of the 1960 theme song begin wafting over the final scenes — one can’t help feeling that it should have gone much further.” Check out the full review here.

Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com: “[I]t’s an acceptable remake of a western that itself was an acceptable remake of one of the greatest movies ever made. Enjoyable, even, until the last act proves how dull an overextended gun battle can get.” Check out the full review here.

Todd McCarthy, HollywoodReporter.com: “[T]he film’s worst blunder lies in making the villain so one-dimensionally sick. ” Check out the full review here.

If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.

The Magnificent Seven is now in theaters nationwide.

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