Rio Bravo Reviews

June 23, 2020
Howard Hawks' direction is almost flawless with a tempo that injects humor, some dry some raucous, as a handy antibiotic for the story's frequent feverish outbursts of violence.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
May 13, 2008
Rio Bravo is a big, brawling western.
May 13, 2008
Howard Hawks's finest western (1959), and perhaps his finest film.
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.
February 9, 2006
Arguably Hawks' greatest film.
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.