Junior Bonner
Junior Bonner (1972)

Junior Bonner is a rodeo film which for several reasons is more than usually interesting. One is that it is directed by Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch), another is that Steve McQueen plays Junior. The film also features a decent script and a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 13, 2001
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88%
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64%


Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie simply never comes together and works as a whole. The material is terribly thin.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A film filled to overflowing with small, subtle beauties.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Gravy.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Junior Bonner, based on an excellent original screenplay by Jeb Rosebrook, is Peckinpah in the benignly comic mood that, I suspect, is much more the natural fashion of this fine director than is the gross, intellectualized mayhem.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... a gentle character study and a lyrical portrait of family, respect and integrity in the face of adversity.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A trifle clumsy, but affecting nonetheless.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Junior Bonner may be the least Peckinpah-like in content, but it's very much like his other work in spirit.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the leisurely pace effectively prevents the viewer from wholeheartedly connecting with the material.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

There's something essential about boys playing men in front of the women they love.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
Junior Bonner works if you look at it as a bunch of good scenes but as a whole movie its not that great. I would call this more of a Steve McQueen movie than a… More
jay nixon
How much you enjoy the film overall depends on your interest or affection for the rodeo but there are some really fine performances. McQueen is fine but Robert… More