Johnny Guitar
Johnny Guitar (1954)

Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother's death.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Ray's film is not a romantic comedy, but a Western. Or is it?

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For all its violence, this is a surpassingly tender, sensitive film, Ray's gentlest statement of his outsider theme.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Rich, creative Western with much to say about politics and gender.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Let's put it down as a fiasco. Miss Crawford went thataway.

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Jamie S. Rich

This Technicolor cowboy picture feels like it exists in some other dimension. "Johnny Guitar" satirizes macho posturing, even as it elevates the catfight to a whole new level.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...manages to be both a serious critique of McCarthyism and a camp classic...

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

One of those classic westerns that has maintained its status by reinventing itself every decade since its release in 1954.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of Nicholas Ray's best films, the garish, full-color Freudian Western is an amazing, weird movie that's not easy to get the first time around.

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Emanuel Levy

A politically subversive Western, made during the McCarthy era, Nicholas Ray's cult movie offers two strong roles for women, Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge, who may be latently lesbian.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Matheus Carvalho
It's quite a weird western with Joan Crawford filling the John Wayne shoes, glossy romantic scenes which could be thrown into a Douglas Sirk film and all… More
Michael Gildea
Johnny Guitar is a decent western that even with the presence of horses, guns and cowboys didn't feel like a western. Nicholas Ray's direction is… More
Aj V
I hate westerns, so I rated it lower because of that, but it is a different kind of western than normal. The story is sort of boring, but the characters… More
Stella Dallas
campy and highly melodramatic but very entertaining. strong parallels to the mccarthy hearings. and there can't be too many westerns of this era with a… More
Devon Bott
Joan Crawford is Vienna, a frontier woman you don't want to mess with, but her arch nemesis, the maniacally evil Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge) is one… More
Ken Stachnik
Solid Western Melodrama. Sterling Hayden is awesome as usual