"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.


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

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter


“It’s an extravagantly squandered opportunity.”

Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


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

Jon Niccum, Kansas City Star

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