Rio Lobo
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John Wayne, in the last of his Civil War characterizations, portrays Cord McNally, a Union Army colonel who loses a gold shipment in a Confederate raid, during which a devoted young officer is also killed. After the end of the war, McNally bears no ill-will toward the leaders of the raid, Pierre Cordona (Jorge Rivero) and Tuscarora Phillips (Christopher Mitchum), who were acting as soldiers, but he still wants the two unknown men on the Union side who they say sold them the information about the gold shipments. A year later, McNally crosses paths with one of the men, now a deputy from Rio… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Duke knows by instinct what audiences accept without question: whatever he may be called in the script, he is always unmistakably John Wayne. And who would have it any other way?"
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"In this case, the story itself doesn't matter much. We go to a classic John Wayne Western not to see anything new, but to see the old done again, done well."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Delightful Western with unusually rich visual style."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Hawks last Western is his weakest collaboration with Wayne, but the film offers an occasion to see the aging Duke trying to rise above the routine plot and amateurish ensemble, including Sherry Lansing who would become a powerful Hollywood studio exec."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Wayne is always fun to watch, even in lesser form here."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Hawks' direction is as listless as the plot."
‑ , Variety
"The fact that its best action sequence, the first, was directed by the second unit is emblematic of Hawks's relative lack of engagement with the material."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A film of mementos, of deliberately pale shadows"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"John Wayne is great to watch, and the train holdup sequence that leads the film is genuinely exciting."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A John Wayne western; what more could you want?"
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"If it lacks the formal perfection of Rio Bravo and the moving elegy for men grown old of El Dorado, it's still a marvellous film."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
" appears both the Duke and Hawks sort of walked through this one."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"For such a refined director as Hawks to end his career on a note like this, having made some of the finest films in the history of American cinema, is an atrocity not worth the silver used in the negative."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A rambling Western."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Duke rules with his iron fists in Hawks's wily westerner."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
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