Rio Bravo Reviews

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times
April 23, 2013
Underrated at the time of its release, this majestically paced western is one of the finest achievements of the genre and stands as a career-best for many of its participants.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
April 23, 2013
Warm, witty and endlessly welcoming, not only is it the filmmaker's finest Oater -- better even than the sparkling Red River -- it's arguably the quintessential Hawks flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
Contactmusic.com
April 23, 2013
A definitive piece of Americana by way of Howard Hawks, Rio Bravo is what the late 1950s studio system was all about
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 23, 2013
The movie is simultaneously an apogee of the classic Western style, with its principled violence in defense of just law, and an eccentrically hyperbolic work of modernism, which yokes both bumptious erotic comedy and soul-searing rawness to the mission.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2013
To watch Rio Bravo is to see a master craftsman at work. The film is seamless. There is not a shot that is wrong. It is uncommonly absorbing, and the 141-minute running time flows past like running water.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 29, 2011
[VIDEO] "Rio Bravo" (1959) is Howard Hawkes's shamelessly commercial Western.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
May 1, 2011
If Only Angels Have Wings is the foremost masterwork of the director's early period, Rio Bravo is that of the later, even more genial years.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 7, 2010
Classic Western with superb story telling.
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TIME Magazine
April 27, 2009
Wayne, of course, walks off with the show -- not by doing anything in particular, but simply by being what he is: at 51, still one of the most believable he-men in Hollywood.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 20, 2009
Texecution is superb in every department, making this one of the classics of the genre
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 13, 2008
Rio Bravo is a big, brawling western.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 13, 2008
A lengthy, leisurely paced film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Empire Magazine
May 13, 2008
Faultless, freewheeling-and very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
May 13, 2008
Flawlessly cast, complex, amusing and exciting, the film integrates multi-layered themes into a unified and satisfying whole.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2008
Howard Hawks's finest western (1959), and perhaps his finest film.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 22, 2007
Although Rio Bravo rather ambles along, it still has enough good points to make it a genial viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
May 21, 2007
Rio Bravo may not be a perfect film, but it's close enough as to not matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
May 17, 2007
... one Hawks' greatest films, perhaps his masterpiece, and one of the finest westerns of all time.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 16, 2006
No matter what you think of Zinnemann's High Noon (I'm mixed), it's directly responsible for the making of Hawks' most entertaining and classic Western, which displays all of his thematic concerns, such as the emergence of an intimate male camaraderie
Full Review | Original Score: A
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Despite its slickness, virility, occasional humor and, if it may be repeated, authentic professional approach, it is well-made but awfully familiar fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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