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Rio Bravo Reviews

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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
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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 13, 2008
Rio Bravo is a big, brawling western.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2008
Howard Hawks's finest western (1959), and perhaps his finest film.
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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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Arguably Hawks' greatest film.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A comic western that ambles through its two hours and 21 minutes, it always has time to pause for a joke, a song or banter among the characters.