Jennifer Reese
July 06, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

High Noon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
85 minutes
performer
Gary Cooper, Lloyd Bridges, Lon Chaney Jr., Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Thomas Mitchell
director
Fred Zinnemann
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Carl Foreman
genre
Western, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

It is hard to warm to a heroine as tediously perfect as Phoebe MacNamara, the gorgeous/ sexy/tough/smart/noble protagonist of Nora Roberts’ latest novel, High Noon. A single mother and a hostage negotiator for the Savannah police, Phoebe has two dilemmas. First, she’s just too busy for a relationship — a moot issue thanks to dimpled multimillionaire Duncan Swift. Their affair (”The man could kiss her into a steamy puddle of lust”) intertwines with Phoebe’s other problem: the psychopath who first leaves dead animals on her stoop, then slaughters people close to her. The thriller makes some agreeably nasty twists, but they’re almost totally occluded by the fatuous romance. C

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