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Johnny Guitar Reviews

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January 24, 2018
A cheap Western from Republic Pictures, yes. And also one of the boldest and most stylized films of its time, quirky, political, twisted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 24, 2018
This baroque bonanza fascinates on so many levels that it demands to be repeatedly viewed and reviewed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2018
Compared to other Westerns, Johnny Guitar is high art--richly atmospheric and with noir elements that will remind viewers of such dramatic films as Key Largo.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 3, 2017
Joan Crawford's Vienna is the most masculine of women western heroes. A former saloon girl who earned her way to owning her own gambling house, she's a mature woman with a history and she's not ashamed of what she did to carve out her claim for a future.
January 1, 2017
Not too many westerns culminate in a six-gun showdown between two women -- but then Nicholas Ray wasn't your average filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 6, 2016
When Crawford pulls a gun, her authority is so complete that she doesn't even come across as a woman in male drag; she owns it on her own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2016
Feminism, Freud and firearms all figure in this exemplary yarn that also takes aim at the blacklisting that was tearing apart the film industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2016
Unforgettably strange and brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 3, 2016
A movie for anyone who's ever been judged on their appearance, their outlook or the way they choose to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 31, 2016
Nicholas Ray's overwhelming ballad
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
November 10, 2015
A slyly radical psychosexual oddity busting through genre conventions, beyond its Old West Arizona setting ...
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.
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
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
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.
January 30, 2012
Rich, creative Western with much to say about politics and gender.
September 15, 2011
...manages to be both a serious critique of McCarthyism and a camp classic...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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-
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.
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