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: May 26, 1954
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A movie for anyone who's ever been judged on their appearance, their outlook or the way they choose to live.

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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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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Joan Crawford's Vienna is the most masculine of women western heroes. A former saloon girl who earned her way to owning her own gambling house, she's a mature woman with a history and she's not ashamed of what she did to carve out her claim for a future.

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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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Stephen Kelly
Total Film

Not too many westerns culminate in a six-gun showdown between two women -- but then Nicholas Ray wasn't your average filmmaker.

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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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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

When Crawford pulls a gun, her authority is so complete that she doesn't even come across as a woman in male drag; she owns it on her own terms.

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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 an exceptional dialogue, but then the film starts to lose steam and… 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