Ride with the Devil
During the Civil War, young men from Missouri join the Bushwhackers, irregulars loyal to the South set on revenge. As friends die they must decide where honor lies.
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Top Critic Reviews
Fresh: Even if this isn't the best Civil War film ever made, it's one of the most interesting and least dogmatic.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Rotten: The film is less than the sum of its parts.
- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: The Lawrence massacre provides no catharsis, only a sense of despair at the state of the human condition and at young men turned psychopaths.
- Christopher Long, DVDTown.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Lee can take on any period, any place and any genre. He is a master filmmaker who not only slips silently into his role but also offers films with a different edge to their counterparts. Ride With the Devil is one of the most under appreciated films ever made. It is a gem of a film. On its western/civil war merits it has fast paced well edited shoot outs with hard hitting violence worthy of Peckinpah. The characterisation is excellently handled especially from Jeffry Wright who doesn't play your average black man in a civil war movie as he "sides" with those who are against his freedom. It's a complex affectionate role, which you have to see to understand his loyalties and platonic love for another man. It was this role that supposedly killed this film at the box-office as many found it hard to accept. This is also supposedly why Wright doesn't appear on any DVD covers or posters despite being a main character. It's sad that such an excellent tale that tried something different was killed because of it. As well as those exciting shoot outs and horseback chases are more human moments such as Maguires readings of others letters. His "army" just wants to hear what is written though not addressed to any of them. Each character takes something a bit different from such a quiet moment. Beautifully crafted but as always with Lee very accessible.
- kiriyamakazou, Thursday, September 4, 2008