William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.
Jay Boyar Unforgiven ain't nuthin' new, y'unnerstan', but it's a good, old-fashioned western-type pitcher with plenty o' rootin' tootin' action 'n' big ol' horses 'n' 10-gallon hats 'n' sech.
Michael Sragow This is the finest set of performances ever to grace a Clint Eastwood movie, and this time Eastwood even does a good job directing Eastwood. Every bullet in this movie matters.
Richard Corliss Eastwood's meditation on age, repute, courage, heroism -- on all those burdens he has been carrying with such good grace for decades.
Todd McCarthy A classic Western for the ages.
Jonathan Rosenbaum There's not much dramatic urgency apart from the revisionist context.
Geoff Andrew In this dark, timeless terrain, the film achieves a magnificent intensity.
Vincent Canby Unforgiven is a most entertaining western that pays homage to the great tradition of movie westerns while surreptitiously expressing a certain amount of skepticism.
John Hartl This is the best work Eastwood has done as a director since The Outlaw Josey Wales 16 years ago.