A classic old western film starring John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson as a defunct threesome; one wounded, another drunk, and the last one a young gunslinger. They are ask by a local sheriff to help keep a bad guy’s brother in jail. This is a western film for people who don’t even like westerns.
Richard Brody 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.
Variety Staff Rio Bravo is a big, brawling western.
Dave Kehr Howard Hawks's finest western (1959), and perhaps his finest film.
Geoff Andrew Arguably Hawks' greatest film.
Charles Taylor A comic western that ambles through its two hours and 21 minutes, it always has time to pause for a joke, a song or banter among the characters.