“ But the story holds together and is worth the watch for fans of Matthau, Lancaster, or the genre of offbeat 50's westerns.
“But the story is rather trite and there's nothing special about Lancaster's performance or his direction.
“ Dianne Foster as Hannah and Diana Lynn as Susie are both dull, and Donald MacDonald as Little Eli, with his whiny voice and perpetually sulky expression, must rank as one of the least appealing screen youngsters ever.
“ It's hard to have exciting gunplay, though Lancaster makes the best of it.
“ Burt Lancaster directs and stars in this action packed western.
“ Alternating between leisurely pace, and exciting action, it's an interesting look at a part of the U.
“BOTTOM LINE: "The Kentuckian" is breath of fresh air and I enjoyed it from beginning to end for all the above reasons; it's sort of like "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992) of its era, albeit no where as good.
“ Lancaster also directs, and does a fine job, giving a robust performance in this moderately interesting and exciting tale.
“ This film somehow gives me a lame feeling about the slow tempo of the screenplay, the soundtrack even a lit bit of annoying like all of the films in that era.
“ Adventure, history and romance mixed with some humor makes for a very entertaining family film.
“ This scenes will compensate viewers for foregoing boredom.
“ A decent western with a twist or two, especially at the ending showdown, which features 10 dramatic seconds of feat that only Lancaster could make suspenseful.
“Back then a huge riverboat coming to town was an exciting attraction.
“ Other strong scenes flit in and out, such as a riverboat gambling sequence, while the finale that sees Lancaster run full pelt across a river to take down a foe, is hugely entertaining.
“ I enjoyed it very much, including Bernard Herrmann's score, which fits perfectly into the action.
“ Burt Lancaster and crew provide an entertaining look back when boys of yesterday dreamed about early adventure in the new world.
“ Filmed in widescreen color and CinemaScope, it looks as though a lavish budget has been expended on a tiresome script.