A gorgeously shot film. This stands as the best film that Costner has directed, IMO, and one of the finest westerns made in the last two-three decades. Superb direction and cinematography, with one of the best staged shootouts you'll see. Costner wisely steps back and allows Robert Duvall to shine as the true lead. Duvall is fantastic.
Costner's unbridled enthusiasm for the natural world results in a meandering, uneven first act, but "Open Range" remains a satisfyingly old fashioned and full-blooded western, earnest to a fault. Gorgeously photographed with terrific performances from Robert Duvall and Annette Bening. The final shootout -- loud, dramatic and crisply edited -- is one of the genre's more memorable action sequences.
There's a part where Robert Duvall slides a mug of beer across a bar and into a person's head, and it stands to this day as one of my favorite movie scenes. I can't remember anything else about this movie.
Kevin Costner: not my favorite actor & not my favorite director, but this is 'his masterpiece'. This is not primarily a western, a cowboy movie or whatsoever but it is actually about a man, who defeats his demon. Very worthwile to watch.
One of the few Costner movies that I just love. Of course Duvall helps but Costner's performance as a reformed killer and his love interest with Annette Benning is wonderful. The scenerey is beautiful and the action is sustained throughout up until the very end..