The Naked Spur Reviews

June 13, 2018
Much as I deplore Mr. James Stewart's escape from his responsibilities into the lazy histrionics of the Western, I must admit that in The Naked Spur he seizes every opportunity to act with all his familiar subtlety.
August 23, 2015
A plein air chamber piece and a masterwork of location shooting
September 19, 2010
This rock-solid Western is brisk, terse, and full of excellent performances..and for once, a Jimmy Stewart film doesn't find its leading man stealing the show!
May 5, 2010
His every move meets resistance. In this grim cavalcade of paranoia on the hoof, the verbal jabs never let up.
March 1, 2007
In this taut revenge Western, from Oscar-nominated script by Sam Rolfe and Harold Jack Bloom, Jimmy Stewart gives one of his best performances, revealing a darker facet to his screen persona that only a superb director like Anthony Mann could bring out
September 8, 2006
Mann never failed to deliver an astonishing ending to his Westerns, but this is one of his best.
August 10, 2006
...an engrossing little film that doesn't flinch from showing us the worst in people, including the hero.
July 1, 2005
Wonderfully intense psychological Western built around a simple story of greed and the chance to start life over again after failure.
November 7, 2003
August 15, 2002
One of Stewart's best tortured performances, showing his dark side. A must-see for Stewart buffs.
July 25, 2002
January 1, 2000
This 1953 film has Janet Leigh in jeans, beautiful location shooting (and Technicolor cinematography) in the Rockies, and some of the most intense psychological warfare to be found in [director Anthony] Mann's angular and anguished oeuvre.