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: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

It's not just Joan's campiness -- her line readings take on an almost incantatory quality -- but the way the whole thing feels like a stealth therapy session for smart actors trapped in horse-opera stereotypes.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

It's a film that's many things to many people, from camp spectacular to revisionist genre epic, and nearly every reading seems viable.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

A slyly radical psychosexual oddity busting through genre conventions, beyond its Old West Arizona setting ...

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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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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The acidulous palette of the costumes and the décor conjure Ray's insolent, isolated fury; though the action is set in the nineteenth century, the actors break out of the story to foreshadow the stylishly electric revolutions to come.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The first 45 minutes are perfect, with impeccable performances (Crawford at her best) and exceptional dialogue, but then the film starts to lose steam and drag… 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
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