Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo (1959)

Set in Texas during the late 1860s, Rio Bravo is a story of men (and women) and a town under siege. Presidio County Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) is holding Joe Burdette (Claude Akins), a worthless, drunken thug, for the murder of an… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 4, 1959
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The movie is simultaneously an apogee of the classic Western style, with its principled violence in defense of just law, and an eccentrically hyperbolic work of modernism, which yokes both bumptious erotic comedy and soul-searing rawness to the mission.

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Variety Staff

Rio Bravo is a big, brawling western.

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Josh Larsen

Rio Bravo isn't a Fordian display of vast Western visas; the contours explored here are emotional.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

To watch Rio Bravo is to see a master craftsman at work. The film is seamless. There is not a shot that is wrong. It is uncommonly absorbing, and the 141-minute running time flows past like running water.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Howard Hawks's finest western (1959), and perhaps his finest film.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Underrated at the time of its release, this majestically paced western is one of the finest achievements of the genre and stands as a career-best for many of its participants.

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TIME Magazine

Wayne, of course, walks off with the show -- not by doing anything in particular, but simply by being what he is: at 51, still one of the most believable he-men in Hollywood.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Despite its slickness, virility, occasional humor and, if it may be repeated, authentic professional approach, it is well-made but awfully familiar fare.

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Total Film

Warm, witty and endlessly welcoming, not only is it the filmmaker's finest Oater -- better even than the sparkling Red River -- it's arguably the quintessential Hawks flick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A wonderful, good-old-fashioned Western that is compelling and amusing, blending humor and drama in a multilayered story centered more on the complex characters… More
Melvin White
John T. Chance: You want that gun, pick it up. I wish you would.  "You've seen nothing like 'em together... and in the heat and hate of Rio… More
Graham Jones
One of the most entertaining and fun film experiences you'll ever have. Wayne, Martin & Brennan really shine in this one. Some of the best dialogue… More
Dan Schultz
A massively over-rated but still largely enjoyable Western yarn concerning a town under fire, and the sheriff (John Wayne) who must keep it from falling apart… More
Daniel Perry
An entertaining classic. Sure, to an extent, it's a vehicle for Ricky Nelson - toward the end, we get some very anachronistic country music! - but overall,… More
Thomas Bowler
Fun, fast and very funny. Full review later.