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Having been burned by compromises to censors on his earlier films Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth, Paul Newman decided to star in as uncompromising a property as he could find. That property was Hud, inspired by a portion of Larry McMurtry's novel, Horseman Pass By. Hud Bannon (Newman) is a young Texas rancher who lives with his cattleman father Homer (Melvyn Douglas) and his hero-worshipping nephew Lon (Brandon DeWilde). Hud is an amoral, cold-hearted creature; his father, who holds Hud responsible for the death of his other son, tries to imbue Lon with a sense of decency… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The four principal actors -- Newman, Neal, Douglas, and de Wilde -- are so good that they might well form the nucleus of a cinematic repertory company."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Martin Ritt directed, putting a little too much dust in the dust bowl for my taste."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A blistering adult western which broke ground in its depiction of an unglamorous West and in the decidedly anti-heroic nature of its lead."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Violating the the Producion Code, Martin Ritt's best film, which features Paul Newman in top form, includes forbidden words such as bastard and SOB, heard for the first time in American movie."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"James Wong Howe won the film's third Oscar for his beautiful widescreen, black-and-white, wide-open-spaces cinematography, but director Martin Ritt (who was nominated) keeps things a bit too serious and self-important."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Where it falls short of the mark is in its failure to filter its meaning and theme lucidly through its characters and story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An interview with Patricia Neal, RIP."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"These questions are richer than they might have been in Hud because Newman...creates Hud as a sum of conscious choices, not an animal or an icon."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Newman at his best"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Hud understands that torches are more often extinguished than passed"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"One of Ritt's best films."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"...a Western Gothic, where everyone is headed for trouble."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Paul Newman established himself as a superstar in this uncompromising antihero role."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ultimately, a heartbreaking film that refuses to take the easy, happy route of life."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"More or less plays out as a home-on-the-range knock-off of Nicolas Ray's brilliant Rebel Without a Cause."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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