Donovan's Reef Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
June 15, 2001
A promising premise, gorgeous scenery and an entertaining performance by John Wayne are wasted in this formulaic and self-contradictory John Ford effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 5, 2006
A so-called fun film aimed at those who find it a hoot when someone gets hit over the head with a beer bottle.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
September 19, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 16, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 21, 2007
For once director John Ford used his cornball sense of humor in a proper setting.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 12, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Playful fisticuffs + John Wayne + gorgeous Hawaiian location = fun John Ford.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Brilliant John Ford comedy with serious commentary on racism
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 11, 2008
Though not in top form, director John Ford and star John Wayne, building on previous and better collaborations in this easy-going (and lazy) adventure set in the Pacific, offering good old fun with the Duke, Jack Warden, Dorothy Lamour and Lee Marvin.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005

Film4
July 8, 2003
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Time Out
February 11, 2006
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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