Junior Bonner
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Sam Peckinpah eschews his slow-motion bullet ballets for this quiet character study of ex-rodeo cowboy turned drifter Junior Bonner (Steve McQueen), who returns home to Arizona to reconcile with the family he hasn't seen in years. Bonner is shocked to see that the solid family he was hoping to come back to is breaking apart. His parents, Ace (Robert Preston) and Elvira (Ida Lupino), have separated, and his brother Curley (Joe Don Baker) has turned into a heartless real estate tycoon, parceling off sections of his parent's land for quick money. With nowhere to turn and nowhere to run,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie simply never comes together and works as a whole. The material is terribly thin."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A film filled to overflowing with small, subtle beauties."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A superior rodeo movie."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"[An] untypically gentle Peckinpah film."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"... a gentle character study and a lyrical portrait of family, respect and integrity in the face of adversity."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"A trifle clumsy, but affecting nonetheless."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Peckinpah's loveliest films, simmering with family animosity but also brimming with terrific moments of graceless quiet."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Junior Bonner may be the least Peckinpah-like in content, but it's very much like his other work in spirit."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"...the leisurely pace effectively prevents the viewer from wholeheartedly connecting with the material."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"There's something essential about boys playing men in front of the women they love."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Sam Peckinpah presents a sharp look at the "new west" in contrast with the fading frontier scene."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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