Red River
Red River (1948)

Director Howard Hawks' second western was also his first collaboration with John Wayne. Officially based on Borden Chase's novel The Chisholm Trail, the film also owes a great deal to Mutiny on the Bounty, both structurally and in… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

The staging of physical conflict is deadly, equalling anything yet seen on the screen.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's a sign of the movie's complexity that John Wayne, often typecast, is given a tortured, conflicted character to play.

Full review…
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Just when loyalty seems to be an entirely perverse and oppressive force in this world of might makes right, the film (shows) there are limits decent men won't cross.

Full review…
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Immaculately shot by Russell Harlan, perfectly performed by a host of Hawks regulars, and shot through with dark comedy, it's probably the finest Western of the '40s.

Full review…
Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

The best westerns always undercut their own myths, and few are more gorgeously conflicted than Red River.

Full review…
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

inaugurated the second, more intriguing half of John Wayne's career, enabling him to be cast in roles that were more than just macho posturing and gruff heroism

Full review…
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Even despite a big let-down, which fortunately comes near the end, it stands sixteen hands above the level of routine horse opera these days. So strap on your trusty six-shooters and race to the wind-swept Capitol, you lovers of good old Western fiction.

Full review…
Matthew Sorrento
Film International

Wayne is an offbeat presence in River. His longish hair and loose gait - the latter usually indicating a relaxed sense of power - now imply a man out of his place, and a kind of restlessness.

Full review…
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It was Hawks' genius to recognize a kinship between his leads, and to understand that the 'naturalism' of the Wayne persona was as deep and complex as the more intellectualized approach of the neurotic young New York stage actor, Clift.

Full review…
More reviews for Red River

Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Supreme Western John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. That's a whole lotta beef, partner!
Devon Bott
John Wayne stars as Dunson, a self-made cattleman on his way to Texas with his friend Groot (Walter Brennan) and an abandoned boy named Matt (Montgomery Clift).… More
Kevin M. Williams
There's not much of a story here: cowboys drive a herd of cattle from the Rio Grande to Abilene, so the characters and their motivations become nearly the… More
Bob O'Reilly
Red River is about as good as the classic Hollywood western gets. Rancher Tom Dunson (John Wayne) and his surrogate son Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift) lead a… More
Sam Barnett
There can be no denying this film must have been a staggeringly expensive production, and a ton of hard work to put together. But jeez, did people in 1948 have… More
Conner Rainwater
John Wayne/Howard Hawks doing a wonderful job at bringing the western genre to a different area than usual. Instead of Gunslingers and Outlaws, this covers the… More

More Like This