El Dorado Reviews

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January 17, 2019
EI Dorado is just what its title and cast indicate that it is -- a western, and not a bad one at that.
November 20, 2017
A very funny, very moving work, graced by the cinema's cleanest, most classical style.
November 20, 2017
A witty, exciting and deeply moving masterpiece.
November 20, 2017
Winningly sly western.
November 20, 2017
One of the most pleasurable of all Hollywood movies.
Top Critic
November 20, 2017
A tough, laconic and amusing Western that ambles across the screen as easily as the two veteran stars.
November 20, 2017
A nice serving of entertaining comfort cinema for dedicated fans of classic era filmmaking.
February 7, 2017
Classic Western has violence, alcoholism, stereotyping.
October 21, 2013
Hawks makes a familiar plot resound strangely with a new set of sexual overtones.
July 7, 2010
Vivid story telling and a late take on the Western genre as a whole.
January 9, 2010
Even looked at with today's eye, El Dorado is a thrilling movie with great characters and a brilliant image of the mythical old west.
May 21, 2009
...one can hardly resist the charisma of its stars, the affectionate guidance of its director-producer, and the comfort of its supporting cast.
May 18, 2009
Hawks and his cast and crew make El Dorado seem so easy. It's like a refined blockbuster that's confident in hitting its ability to hit the right notes.
May 16, 2009
a loose and extended mediation on Hawks's favorite themes of loyalty and professionalism.
Top Critic
May 13, 2008
An excellent oater drama, laced with adroit comedy and action relief, and set off by strong casting, superior direction and solid production.
May 13, 2008
EL DORADO addresses the standard Hawks themes of group loyalty and professionalism, but is also a poignant meditation on the passing of the old and the coming of the new.
May 13, 2008
Wayne and Mitchum pair up for the first time in a western, and very good it is too.
March 28, 2007
As the middle panel in Hawks' Western trilogy (all starring John Wayne), the film is not as fresh as Rio Bravo, but it's superior to the third segment, Rio Lobo in 1970, due to the strong characterization and chemistry between Wayne and Robert Mitchum
July 26, 2006
Howard Hawks is too good a director to depend upon stereotyped violence to keep the interest of the audience, and his well-made scenes between Wayne, Mitchum, Arthur Hunicutt and James Cann never lag for a moment.
August 18, 2005
It takes a long time getting to the final shootout.
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