The Grade Book: “The Lone Ranger”

The Lone Ranger

Plot:  The Lone Ranger and Tonto team up to battle Butch Cavendish, a cannibalistic outlaw. 

Director: Gore Verbinski.

Writers: Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio. 

Cast: Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, and Helena Bonham Carter. 

Genres: Action, Adventure, Western.

Running Time: 2 hours and 29 minutes.

U.S. Release Date: July 3rd, 2013.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.




(Lowest Grade Given to the Film: D, Highest Grade Given to the Film: B)

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: The Lone Ranger tries too hard to reinvent the fun that was found with Pirates of the Caribbean. The film has some impressive action, but that can’t make up for a scattered script and a stretched running time.



  • Rokaan Al-zeer:

Grade: B-

While I am a fan of Gore Verbinski, The Lone Ranger was pretty fun. The action scenes were very entertaining. Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp had good chemistry, and William Fichtner was an enjoyable villain. However, I feel if 30 minutes were shaved off, this could’ve been a good movie. And if some of the “horse comedy” be trimmed down as well, the grade would probably be higher. Overall, it’s a fun time at the movies. Like Pirates of the Caribbean in the old west.

  • Nick Casaletto:

Grade: C-

A silly and unnecessary origin story. It has a lead who is unlikable and goofy, and Johnny Depp playing practically the same character he does in every film. It has some cool action scenes involving trains and a decent-enough villain in William Fichtner. The last few minutes were pretty satisfying, but the two hours and fifteen minutes leading up to that were simply just not for me. Gore Verbinski, you might have tried a little too hard, or not hard enough with this one.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B-
I was entertained from time to time and never bored for some really unexplained, strange reason. Maybe cause of the weird energy the film had. I do believe if the movie was an hour shorter and the script was a lot tighter, they might have had one of the best summer movies of the year.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: B-

A fun movie that I think is getting too much flack. Yes, it’s not the most well-written movie in the world, but the action is amazing and the fact that they filmed a lot of the movie on location is great to see. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer do as good as they can with what they were given, and William Fichtner is an awesome villain. Even though this movie is likely going to flop, I would very much like to see a sequel.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: C-
They could’ve called this “Cowboys of the Midwest.” The comparisons to that one pirate franchise are inevitable but, in all seriousness, this film is drawn out, muddled, and incompetent as an action adventure. The characters, and the actors giving the performances, are actually good, but the lacking screenplay destroys what could’ve been a new great Disney franchise!

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: B

While it doesn’t top the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies or Rango, The Lone Ranger succeeds at being mindlessly entertaining, with some fantastic action sequences, great performances from Johnny Depp and William Fichtner, and a sense of fun that fills the theater for the entire two-and-a-half hour running time. If you haven’t seen the original TV show, the chances are you may enjoy the film. If you have, though, you will probably think that Disney and Gore Verbinski butchered the iconic American character.

  • Matt Marshall:

Grade: C

Disney is still searching high and low for their next Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The Lone Ranger joins Prince of Persia and John Carter as another misfire, but on the bright side, Johnny Depp is the film’s saving grace as Captain Jack Tonto.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B

I honestly don’t see what everyone is whining about. The Lone Ranger is a fun summer blockbuster that is full of stunts, laughs, and fun-filled moments. As many have stated, it is Pirates of the Caribbean set in the old west. Johnny Depp is not only hilarious as Tonto, but he also entertains throughout most of the film. Armie Hammer is also decent as the Lone Ranger. But sadly for Hammer, unlike everyone else in the film, his performance isn’t as much as a standout. The film does, however, suffer from a tad too long run time that could have easily been cut from two hours and thirty minutes down to a nice, solid two hours. All in all, it was a fun time at the movies and I look forward to watching it again on Blu-ray.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: D

With the slight hope that The Lone Ranger would surprise me, I was poorly mistaken. The movie reeks of desperation for money and shows through the writing, acting, and almost everything else. This movie is basically Johnny Depp all over again. Fans of Johnny Depp will love it but for me, one who isn’t fond of his recent films, will think differently. There is no emotional connections after failed attempts, and the film stretches way too long — with boring and forgettable substance.

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