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The Times' Kenneth Turan says, "The real problem with the new 'Lone Ranger' is that, for those who are familiar with the multibillion-dollar 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise [likewise directed by Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp], there is little fresh or exciting about what we have here." Turan adds, "It's got the same jokey tone, big stunts and weird characters of its predecessors, but even at an overlong two hours and 29 minutes, it lacks any compelling reason to come on board."
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The San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle finds the mix of tones bizarre, calling the film "an action-movie bloodbath for a children's audience." He scathingly adds, "But put aside the notion that children shouldn't see this film. No one should. 'The Lone Ranger' is a movie for the whole family ... to avoid. 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."
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And the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek says Verbinski has overloaded the film with "dozens of superfluous plot points, action sequences so cluttered they obscure whatever genius may lurk within, heaps of heavy-duty symbolism that ultimately mean nothing, and juvenile gags that appear to have been written by 10-year-olds rather than for them." She adds, "'The Lone Ranger' has it all, but what you end up with is not much. It's an extravagantly squandered opportunity."
The only silver lining, Zacharek says, is Silver itself, the trusty steed — "the one figure in 'The Lone Ranger' who's in touch with the natural landscape around him."