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Johnny Guitar Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 31, 2016
Nicholas Ray's overwhelming ballad
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 13, 2015
It's not just Joan's campiness -- her line readings take on an almost incantatory quality -- but the way the whole thing feels like a stealth therapy session for smart actors trapped in horse-opera stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
November 10, 2015
A slyly radical psychosexual oddity busting through genre conventions, beyond its Old West Arizona setting ...
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 9, 2015
The acidulous palette of the costumes and the décor conjure Ray's insolent, isolated fury; though the action is set in the nineteenth century, the actors break out of the story to foreshadow the stylishly electric revolutions to come.
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
November 8, 2015
It's a film that's many things to many people, from camp spectacular to revisionist genre epic, and nearly every reading seems viable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
May 20, 2014
This Technicolor cowboy picture feels like it exists in some other dimension. "Johnny Guitar" satirizes macho posturing, even as it elevates the catfight to a whole new level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 18, 2012
One of Nicholas Ray's best films, the garish, full-color Freudian Western is an amazing, weird movie that's not easy to get the first time around.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
January 30, 2012
Rich, creative Western with much to say about politics and gender.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
September 15, 2011
...manages to be both a serious critique of McCarthyism and a camp classic...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 9, 2011
A politically subversive Western, made during the McCarthy era, Nicholas Ray's cult movie offers two strong roles for women, Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge, who may be latently lesbian.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 5, 2010
This 1954 Freudian Western is one of the all-time left-field wonders of the studio system, a film so subversive it's a wonder it ever got made.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
July 30, 2009
A pop-culture madhouse dressed up in spurs and a cowboy hat
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
July 19, 2009
Like the other great American films of the 50's, Johnny Guitar breaks through the mold.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 19, 2009
Bizarre, unforgettable Nicholas Ray western that ends in two women shootout!
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 25, 2008
Quite possibly the weirdest Western ever made by a mainstream studio in the 1950s... I flat-out loved this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 23, 2007
It's about time it was acclaimed for it what it really is: a genuine western film classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ray's film is not a romantic comedy, but a Western. Or is it?
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Let's put it down as a fiasco. Miss Crawford went thataway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Derek Malcolm
Guardian
January 15, 2004
For all its slightly tatty sets and off-the-mark decor, the film abounds in wonderful lines and acting that doesn't betray them.
Fran Hortop
Film4
May 24, 2003
Compelling, confounding and at times verging on the downright camp, this picture takes a slow- burning but startlingly vivid look at humanity in the outlands.
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