Red River Reviews

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August 14, 2020
Although there's a touch of excitement at the start, the film seems to exist primarily as a history lesson rather than a piece of adventurous entertainment.
June 20, 2019
Red River contains everything a western should have and throws in a few things more.
June 14, 2019
Red River, as a comment on frontier courage, loyalty, and leadership, is a romantic, simple-minded mush, but an ingeniously lyrical film nonetheless.
February 27, 2018
It is a rattling good outdoor adventure movie.
August 22, 2017
The best westerns always undercut their own myths, and few are more gorgeously conflicted than Red River.
September 20, 2014
Wayne is an offbeat presence in River. His longish hair and loose gait - the latter usually indicating a relaxed sense of power - now imply a man out of his place, and a kind of restlessness.
August 3, 2014
Just when loyalty seems to be an entirely perverse and oppressive force in this world of might makes right, the film (shows) there are limits decent men won't cross.
June 9, 2014
inaugurated the second, more intriguing half of John Wayne's career, enabling him to be cast in roles that were more than just macho posturing and gruff heroism
June 6, 2014
It was Hawks' genius to recognize a kinship between his leads, and to understand that the 'naturalism' of the Wayne persona was as deep and complex as the more intellectualized approach of the neurotic young New York stage actor, Clift.
June 2, 2014
Hawks directs the film with his typical assurance and seeming lack of fuss, letting scenes play out in long takes, and framing the action against vistas that often dwarf the actors.
July 27, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] The homosexual subtext in Howard Hawkes's 1948 western is a widely overlooked, yet unmistakable element, to one of the most popular examples of the genre.
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May 13, 2008
The staging of physical conflict is deadly, equalling anything yet seen on the screen.
May 13, 2008
Howard Hawks stages the definitive cow opera with beautiful, lyrical, exciting sequences of stampeding, rough weather, cowboying and Indian skirmishes.
May 13, 2008
Of the may big names involved in the making of Red River, few made greater films.
February 11, 2008
July 15, 2007
A grand, sprawling tale of the civilizing of the west.
December 22, 2006
This brilliant Hawks Western, one of the decade's best, has been interpreted in different ways, but at its core is the contrast between John Wayne's and Montgomery Clift's leadership style and perception of manhood.
May 6, 2006
Hawks never did anything self-consciously. You always realize how great his films are after you're through enjoying yourself.
February 9, 2006
Immaculately shot by Russell Harlan, perfectly performed by a host of Hawks regulars, and shot through with dark comedy, it's probably the finest Western of the '40s.
April 8, 2005
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