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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
Jamie S. Rich
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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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 ...
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 14, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
January 31, 2016
Nicholas Ray's overwhelming ballad
Sarah Boslaugh
September 15, 2011
...manages to be both a serious critique of McCarthyism and a camp classic...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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
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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.
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
Cole Smithey
November 1, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Fran Hortop
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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ray's film is not a romantic comedy, but a Western. Or is it?
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2002
Joan Crawford as a gunslinger. Some of the best unintentionally funny dialogue ever.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film makes much to do about sexual role-reversals.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Cabin
July 30, 2009
A pop-culture madhouse dressed up in spurs and a cowboy hat
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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