"The Lone Ranger" $217.8m

Big-budget Western debuts on Wednesday

With Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” set to bow on Wednesday, critics have begun weighing in on this summer’s most expensive movies. Here’s what a few have to say about the Johnny Depp Western.

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“A moderately amusing but very uneven revisionist adventure with franchise and theme park intentions written all over it.”

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

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“It’s an extravagantly squandered opportunity.”

Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice

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“It’s all too much and not enough—a succession of disparate, can-you-top-this episodes inelegantly piling up like skidding cars on a freeway.”

Keith Uhlich, Time Out of New York

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“This over-the-top oater delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but sucks out the fun in the process.”

Peter Debruge, Variety

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“In the end, The Lone Ranger is one hot mess — an entertaining one, to be sure, but still a mess.”

Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News

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“Someone needs to drag this thing out behind the barn and put a silver bullet in its brain. It’s the only kindness this movie deserves.”

Drew McWeeney, Hitflix

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“Since it’s impossible to simultaneously sacrifice and worship a sacred cow, The Lone Ranger feels schizophrenic, a state of affairs that would be forgivable if it delivered as a comedy or Western or even as an brainless piece of summer entertainment.”

Alonso Duralde, theWrap

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“Tonto – and his sidekick, the Lone Ranger – come to the rescue in style!”

Jon Niccum, Kansas City Star

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