The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man (1952)

Returning to the Ireland of his birth, director John Ford fashions a irresistable valentine to the "Auld Sod" in The Quiet Man. Irish-American boxer John Wayne, recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 14, 1952
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director John Ford and star John Wayne depart the Western for the Irish countryside, and the result is a beautifully photographed, often comedic romance.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

As much an anthropological adventure as a romantic rhapsody.

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Time Out

The illusion/reality theme underlying immigrant boxer Wayne's return from America to County Galway is soon swamped within a vibrant community of stage-Irish 'types'.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The film's saucy mix of comedy and melodrama is one of its greatest charms, although it can give you whiplash from time to time, especially if you're not used to Ford's brand of broad, back-slapping comedy

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Variety Staff

This is a robust romantic drama of a native-born's return to Ireland. Director John Ford took cast and cameras to Ireland to tell the story [by Maurice Walsh] against actual backgrounds.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Let's face it. Mr. Ford is in love with Ireland, as is his cast, and they give us a fine, gay time while they're about it.

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Ross McIndoe
The Skinny

Highly endearing even as it shows its age... filled with gorgeous shots and without a single wasted frame.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

John Ford's 1952 Oscar winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists only in the imaginations of songwriters and poets like Ford.

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James Berardinelli

Although not a true classic, The Quiet Man is worth more than a cursory glance, especially for those who like Wayne or would like to experience more of his work.

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Manny Farber
The Nation

[The script] tends to resolve its problems by having the cast embrace, fraternity-brother fashion, and break out into full-throated ballads.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An Irish-American boxer retires to Ireland where he buys a plot of land and woos a local girl. Perhaps I *gasp* don't like John Wayne. His strutting and… More
Michael Gildea
The Quiet Man is by no means a truly awful movie, but at the same time I don't understand what the big goddamn deal was. The story was fun (as were many… More
Eric Shankle
Because of the film course I am taking I am forced to watch these old, boring movies. Usually anything before 1970 I can't handle; rarely there are… More
Conner Rainwater
One of the many great John Ford/John Wayne movies, this is a lot different from their other collaborations and in many ways one of the best. It's so full… More
Chris Weber
I've seen this film many times over the years, and it has really stood out to me as being one of Ford's best films. Primarily known for his westerns,… More
Randy Tippy
John Ford poured his heart into this one and it shows. They just don't make films like this anymore. Hard drinkin', hard fightin' & hard… More