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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ray's film is not a romantic comedy, but a Western. Or is it?"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"For all its violence, this is a surpassingly tender, sensitive film, Ray's gentlest statement of his outsider theme."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Rich, creative Western with much to say about politics and gender."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"This 1954 Freudian Western is one of the all-time left-field wonders of the studio system, a film so subversive it's a wonder it ever got made."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Bizarre, unforgettable Nicholas Ray western that ends in two women shootout!"
‑ Steve Crum,
"Let's put it down as a fiasco. Miss Crawford went thataway."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"...manages to be both a serious critique of McCarthyism and a camp classic..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"A pop-culture madhouse dressed up in spurs and a cowboy hat"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Quite possibly the weirdest Western ever made by a mainstream studio in the 1950s... I flat-out loved this movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of those classic westerns that has maintained its status by reinventing itself every decade since its release in 1954."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Like the other great American films of the 50's, Johnny Guitar breaks through the mold."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"It's about time it was acclaimed for it what it really is: a genuine western film classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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