Rio Lobo Reviews

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May 23, 2011
The Duke knows by instinct what audiences accept without question: whatever he may be called in the script, he is always unmistakably John Wayne. And who would have it any other way?
Top Critic
May 13, 2008
Hawks' direction is as listless as the plot.
June 24, 2006
If it lacks the formal perfection of Rio Bravo and the moving elegy for men grown old of El Dorado, it's still a marvellous film.
October 23, 2004
In this case, the story itself doesn't matter much. We go to a classic John Wayne Western not to see anything new, but to see the old done again, done well.
January 1, 2000
The fact that its best action sequence, the first, was directed by the second unit is emblematic of Hawks's relative lack of engagement with the material.
July 11, 2011
The plot may be a hackneyed retread, but the real culprit is the acting. It's truly awful. (Blu-ray edition)
July 11, 2011
...it appears both the Duke and Hawks sort of walked through this one.
July 7, 2010
Delightful Western with unusually rich visual style.
September 6, 2009
A film of mementos, of deliberately pale shadows
May 13, 2008
For such a refined director as Hawks to end his career on a note like this, having made some of the finest films in the history of American cinema, is an atrocity not worth the silver used in the negative.
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