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Rated PG-13 · 149 minutes · 2013

Action, Adventure, Western
First of all, the movie should’ve been called Tonto, because Johnny Depp’s Tonto is the one being positioned as the main focus of the movie. Second, they should’ve never, ever made this movie. Depp teams again with his Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, for a weak take on the masked man saga that parodies Westerns without officially announcing itself as a parody. Depp puts a bunch of crap all over his face to hide the fact he isn’t a Native American, and he plays the role of Tonto for laughs that never come. Armie Hammer steps into the title role, sporting an inconsistent Western movie accent and an annoying goofiness that renders him useless. William Fichtner plays Butch Cavendish, a bad guy who eats people’s hearts, something that doesn’t play well in a PG-13 film. Between Depp’s mugging and Verbinski’s exaggerated directorial style, the movie is as abrasive as sandpaper with broken glass sprinkled on it. Disney had pulled the plug on this one a couple of years ago, thinking that most people wouldn’t be interested in a big-budget Western with Depp masquerading as Tonto. Well, they should’ve stuck to their guns, because they were right.


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Director: Gore Verbinski
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Johnny Depp, Eric Ellenbogen and Eric McLeod
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Bryant Prince, Barry Pepper, Mason Cook, J.D. Cullum, Saginaw Grant, Harry Treadaway, James Frain and Joaquín Cosio

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New Times San Luis Obispo Review: The Lone Ranger Ken Korman on the latest reboot of the masked-man tale by Ken Korman 07/02/2013
Portland Mercury Behind the Mask The Lone Ranger is more than a misfire—it's a fiasco! by Ned Lannamann 07/03/2013
Gambit Review: The Lone Ranger Ken Korman on the latest reboot of the masked-man tale by Ken Korman 07/02/2013
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NUVO Movie review: The Lone Ranger A sort of "Pirates of the Old West" produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, 'The Lone Ranger' is overlong, overwritten and not very much fun. by Ed Johnson-Ott 07/03/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa The long Ranger Disney’s reboot of The Lone Ranger is well-meaning but overdone. by Joe Bardi 07/02/2013
Creative Loafing Atlanta Move over, Kemosabe: Tonto takes spotlight from Lone Ranger Despite Depp and Hammer's interplay, this Western throwback never finds a home on the range by Curt Holman 07/03/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Johnny Depp's Pirates schtick fails The Lone Ranger Johnny Depp has grown too locked into his own love affair with eccentricity. by Scott Renshaw 07/03/2013
Indy Week Lone Ranger cites the classics, but little else The Lone Ranger is supposed to be about the title character, but by film's end it's unclear whether the Lone Ranger is a burgeoning superhero, closeted iconoclast, avenging angel, lingering idealist or aspiring family man. by Neil Morris 07/03/2013
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Connect Savannah Review: The Lone Ranger The movie could lose the insufferable framing device that features Depp getting to wear even more makeup, as he plays Tonto as an elderly man relating the bulk of the movie as a flashback. by Matt Brunson 07/03/2013
The Coast Halifax The Lone Ranger SIGH by Jacob Boon 07/04/2013
Charleston City Paper The Pirates of the Caribbean team goes West with The Lone Ranger It's hard to grasp why The Lone Ranger was made. Do moviegoers crave a return to the old West? No. An adaptation of The Lone Ranger TV series from the '50s? No. The Wild West glammed up with crashing trains and visual effects? No (remember Wild Wild West with Will Smith?). by Dan Hudak 07/03/2013

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