In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto, at the insistence of a mysterious white horse and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice. Becoming a reluctant masked rider with a seemingly incomprehensible partner, Reid pursues the criminal against all obstacles. However, John and Tonto learn that Cavendish is only part of a far greater injustice and the pair must fight it in an adventure that would make them a legend.









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Release date: Jul 3, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material
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Runtime: 149 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 70 - by Andrew O'Hehir
    If anything, it’s overstuffed with imagination and ideas, and when it comes to Hollywood movies I very much prefer that to the default setting. See it with an open mind, and you may well be surprised. more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club - by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Hammer’s performance — always game, never mugging — certainly helps; his likable but buffoonish Lone Ranger is an essential part of the movie’s irreverent tone. more

  • 63
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Though the story is mostly faithful to the established origin of the character, it's not until the last 15 minutes, when "The William Tell Overture" arrives in its full glory, that this starts to feel a little like The Lone Ranger. But that's too little, too late. And when The Ranger (played here by Armie Hammer) finally shouts "Hi-yo Silver," the moment is spoiled by turning it into a joke. more

  • 60
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    It tickles both funnybones and eyeballs. more

  • 58
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    The action climax just goes on and on, making The Lone Ranger the sort of movie that delivers too much too late and still manages to make it feel like too little. more

  • 58
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Depp is the only reason this haphazard take on the Lone Ranger legend exists, at least in this swollen state, begging the question of why Disney didn't name the movie Tonto. more

  • 55 - by William Goss
    The fact that Johnny Depp alone gets top billing above the title, The Lone Ranger, despite not playing said character sums up the generally misguided approach taken by Depp and the creative crew behind the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise in bringing last century’s radio and TV hero back to the big screen in a big way. more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    Eccentric and misguided enough to be almost perversely fascinating, the film doesn’t lack nerve; it’s just not very good. more

  • 50
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    There’s a rollicking Wild West adventure buried deep inside The Lone Ranger, a bloated, mega-budget revival of the story of the iconic gunslinger and his Native American sidekick Tonto. more

  • 50
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    Except for the dynamite finale, The Long Ranger feels like a long, slow ride to the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump. more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Gore Verbinski’s film is an overlong array of noisy, digitally-assisted chases, shootouts, crashes and explosions with the occasional flash of homage to the “real” Lone Ranger that suggests a better movie than the pricey, jumbled compromise Verbinski delivered. more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    It's a 2 1/2-hour slog, with tonal inconsistencies and monotonous, drawn-out action sequences. Scenes alternate between frenetic and tedious. more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    A moderately amusing but very uneven revisionist adventure with franchise and theme park intentions written all over it...This attempt by Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to plant the flag for another Pirates of the Caribbean-scaled series tries to have it too many ways tonally, resulting in a work that wobbles and thrashes all over the place as it attempts to find the right groove. more

  • 45
    NPR - by Bob Mondello
    There's a couple of hundred million dollars' worth of technical wizardry up there on screen, and nothing is at stake. Except, maybe, for some future amusement park ride, and the sequels, and toys and hats and masks. And piles and piles of silver, if enough people lay down their hard-earned dollars to hear Hammer's hearty "Hi-yo." ...

  • 42
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    Hammer plays the Lone Ranger as a clueless, stolid square, and the resulting contrast with Depp’s cartoonishness isn’t odd-couple funny, just blah. more

  • 42
    The Playlist - by Kevin Jagernauth
    By the time the origin movie stuff is wrapped up and the audience finally gets to see The Lone Ranger and Tonto on their first of their legendary deeds, it's far too late in the movie, particularly if your patience has already been drained by the simple yet over-elaborately staged plot, that struggles to be compelling. more

  • 40
    The Guardian - by Xan Brooks
    The spirits fly in and out of The Lone Ranger at random. It's nice to see them come and go. I just wish they'd stay for longer. more

  • 40
    The Dissolve - by Scott Tobias
    Verbinski orchestrates complex action sequences, including two spectacular bits of derring-do on a moving train, with a precision few in Hollywood are capable of pulling off. Yet The Lone Ranger, like his last two Pirates movies, seems conceived to deliver spectacle by the bulk, which means carrying the baggage of multiple subplots for the purpose of multiple climactic sequences. more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    It’s impossible to know how much of Tonto’s story is tall tale or historical fact. The tactic undercuts the film’s attempt at revisionism or at best equalizes men of all races as untrustworthy tellers of of their own history. The Lone Ranger stokes the legend but its smoke signals only add to the haze. more

  • 40
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    It’s got too much on its mind, and it’s unsure of its tone. This is the rough cut of a slimmer, better movie more

  • 40
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    A very long, very busy movie that will unite the generations in bafflement, stupefaction and occasional delight. ...

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    The Lone Ranger is a frustrating exercise in overkill, a kind-of, sort-of interesting idea buried in summer-movie excess. ...

  • 40
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    The Lone Ranger has it all, but what you end up with is not much. It's an extravagantly squandered opportunity. more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    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. And that's not even taking into account the action scenes. Lord, those action scenes: Monotonous, loud and relentless, they're a punishing example of the self-satisfied, digitally augmented ephemera that typifies modern Hollywood moviemaking, and House Bruckheimer in particular. more

  • 40
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    Extravagant but exhausting...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, more

  • 38
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    The greater embarrassment is that so many millions of dollars have been wasted on an entertainment that feels so smug, so pointless, and so thunderously empty. more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine - by R. Kurt Osenlund
    The movie, of course, barrels toward climax upon climax, and while possibly better photographed, the crashes, bangs, and booms are no less numbing than anything else you've seen in this summer of garbage blockbusters. more

  • 33
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    What do you get? A reboot of "The Lone Ranger” that metaphorically drags this noble story – and literally drags its title character – through a steaming heap of horse droppings. more

  • 30
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Johnny Depp's Tonto wears a dead crow on his head in The Lone Ranger. The star himself carries a dead movie on his shoulders. more

  • 30
    Los Angeles Times - by Kenneth Turan
    The Lone Ranger exists without a convincing sense of jeopardy or, more critically, any place for audiences to emotionally connect. more

  • 25
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    Here they're just putting "Pirates of the Caribbean" in a saddle and pretending we won't notice. more

  • 25
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    The ferociously misguided new rendition of The Lone Ranger has no legitimate reason to exist. more

  • 25
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    This mishmash of styles, genres and tonal shifts makes for a dizzying pastiche best described in terms of the many movies it references throughout its nearly 2 1/2-hour running time, from “Little Big Man,” Buster Keaton’s “The General” and the Monument Valley-set canon of John Ford to “Dead Man,” “Rango” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” more

  • 25
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    In scenes such as hundreds of Natives being slaughtered by U.S. troops behind Gatling guns, we have Tonto and the Lone Ranger acting like a couple of comic-relief ninnies, screwing around aimlessly for laughs on a handcar. It's as if the movie were having a nervous breakdown. At one point the masked man gets his head dragged through horse manure. Watching The Lone Ranger, you know the feeling. more

  • 25
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    The sad truth is these durable 80-year-old characters, who peaked with a 1950s TV series, never even come to life in this bloated, misshapen mess, a stillborn franchise loaded with metaphors for its feeble attempts to amuse, excite and entertain. more

  • 20
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Appalling in ways that you could never have anticipated. The movie mixes mismatched-buddy high jinks with scenes of carnage. more

  • 20
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    This smart-looking but empty adventure — with a hero that looks more Tom Ford than John Ford — suffers from a shambling script, shifting tones and a surplus of villains. Clunky and drawn out, “Ranger” shoots blanks, even with the star power of Johnny Depp behind it. more

  • 0
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    It represents 2 1/2 of the longest hours on record, a jumbled botch that is so confused in its purpose and so charmless in its effect that it must be seen to be believed, but better yet, no. Don't see it, don't believe it, not unless a case of restless leg syndrome sounds like a fun time at the movies. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. A wild, wacky, wide-screen reimagining of the vintage radio serial and TV series, the film – with Armie Hammer in the hat and mask, galloping across Texas righting wrongs, and Depp as his trusty Indian sidekick, Tonto – is an epic good time.