Rio Lobo
Rio Lobo (1971)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Howard Hawks and John Wayne reunite to riff on their own Rio Bravo, and while the results are less memorable the movie does offer a curiously cynical perspective.

Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

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?

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Delightful Western with unusually rich visual style.

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Hawks' direction is as listless as the plot.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

A film of mementos, of deliberately pale shadows

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis appears both the Duke and Hawks sort of walked through this one.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
Kind've just a better version of True Grit, aside from the slightly better performance from The Duke. While this isn't Howard Hawks' greatest… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Not in the same league as Howard Hawks' masterpiece Rio Bravo, or the excellent El Dorado, Rio Lobo is still an overall good western. The weakness of the… More
Cassandra Maples
While hardly the most auspicious of swan songs, Hawks? underrated final film sees a reprise of some of his favorite themes ? including the siege/hostage… More
Dean McKenna
Fast-moving, exciting and totally engrossing of John Wayne western film. And Jack Elam is terrific in a delightful supporting role.