The Magnificent Seven - Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio and Martin Sensmeier
The Magnificent Seven - Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) ©2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures

We survey the reviews of The Magnificent Seven starring Denzel Washington. It is released this week, September 23rd 2016.

This movie has it’s origins with Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai in 1954. Then a version of this was released in 1956 as The Magnificent Seven.

The main source for this latest movie is, of course, the 1960 film. Here the hired American guns protect a Mexican village. This had Yul Brynner whose character assembles a team that includes James Coburn and Steve McQueen. Directed by John Sturges with a Elmer Bernstein memorable score.

The Magnificent Seven Theatrical release dates

  • US, Canada and UK: September 23rd 2016

New York Times

The Magnificent Seven - Denzel Washington
The Magnificent Seven – Chisolm (Denzel Washington) ©2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and CTMG

The Magnificent Seven review by Manohla Dargis


Denzel Washington looks just right high in the saddle. [This] makes sense given that he’s become our John Wayne — our point-and-shoot savior.

Mr Washington is, to state the overobvious, a great star… He has that ineluctable what’s-it for selling the goods no matter what their sell-by date.

Mr Washington’s hero — because he’s a black man and especially a black man in a genre historically defined by white men routing nonwhite men — is inherently more complex than [Yul] Brynner’s.


Rating: 3.5 Stars, from our reading of the review Full Review

Los Angeles Times

The Magnificent Seven - Chris Pratt and director Antoine Fuqua
The Magnificent Seven – Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt) and director Antoine Fuqua on the set ©2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures

The Magnificent Seven review by Kenneth Turan


Despite its sturdy plot, seasoned director and capable cast toplined by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, it arrives in a comatose state. A film unlikely to arouse passions one way or another.

It’s not that these people couldn’t make an engrossing Western; they simply haven’t.


Rating: 2 Stars, from our reading of the review Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

The Magnificent Seven - Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Luke Grimes and Haley Bennett
The Magnificent Seven – Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Teddy Q (Luke Grimes) and Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) ©2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures

The Magnificent Seven review by Leah Greenblatt


Though there are a few clever turns in all the methodical mayhem, the final hour ultimately feels like a waste of his charismatic actors and the easy chemistry they share.

A movie like that could have been magnificent. But this Seven’s just silly, solid entertainment: multiplex fun by numbers.


Rating: 4 Stars, converted from Leah’s rating of B (although the actual review reads much lower) Full Review

Daily Telegraph (UK)

The Magnificent Seven - Haley Bennett and Chris Pratt
The Magnificent Seven – Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) and Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt) ©2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures

The Magnificent Seven review by Tim Robey


Salvation comes, of course, from a septet of mercenary outlaws. [The] multi-ethnic makeup (a Comanche, a Mexican, the sword-flashing South Korean Lee Byung-hun, and Denzel Washington) is a defiant rebuff to oppression in itself.

This director does have a flair for rhythmically intense set-pieces… His whole film justifies its existence when the ammo starts flying.


Rating: 3 Stars Full Review

Colin Davies

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