“this one has some exciting moments and a few funny moments,which were lacking in Ribbon.
“ Entertaining 'cavalry western' .
“ As it stands the most compelling parts of this motion picture do not involve the kidnapping and subsequent rescue; nor do they involve the leads or their troubled teenage son (Claude Jarman Jr.). Instead, it's Victor McLaglen who commands our attention and gives the most interesting performance in RIO GRANDE.
“All in all this movie is simply a very entertaining one that delivers.
“Summing up: A solid western well worth watching whether you're a John Ford fan or not.
“ stunning .
“inviting the audience to fall asleep.
“ But as I read more about the times, most importantly first hand accounts, I realized how amazingly accurate these films are, which makes them all the more enjoyable the second or third time around.
“But "Rio Grande" is burdened by a script that is sometimes disjointed, that treats Indians as little more than evil nuisances (as most westerns do), and includes a number of anachronisms.
“ His familiar themes like honor, sacrifice and responsibility (and being torn by them), are all present here, making a powerful and entertaining Western that even non-fans of the genre can appreciate.
“ It is somewhat formulaic--like many of its type.
“ That makes it well worth watching in my opinion.
“It's clichéd, it's hammy, it's predictable and it's on the nose.
“ Music is particularly evocative.
“ Everything good anyone else on this site can say it utterly true, especially the astonishing photography, breathtaking Maureen O'Hara, the raucous Victor MacLaglen and sensitive Claude Jarman.
“ John Wayne is great in his role and a lot of the supporting characters are very enjoyable.
“While this is not the most action packed of westerns, at least not until the final act, it is entertaining as a drama.
“ It was so predictable, from the beginning when he sees his son there as one of his troops and their very predictable "reunion".
“ Really formulaic.
“ Toward the end the movie gets more and more action packed when the troopers are taking on the Indians.
“ I was downright bored.
“And coming back to the thrilling atmosphere of the movie, there is one more aspect that needs to be mentioned - the locations.
“ It is that Ford directed this one and therefore it is still pretty entertaining and has some good elements.
“ I highly recommend it!!
“ Victor Young's music is quite stirring and powerful, while the story with its credible themes is compelling.
“ The result, albeit formulaic, is a far better film.
“" It's a beautifully composed film, even at times to a fault, and at its best, which it frequently is, "Rio Grande" gives us a chance to watch Wayne play off his favorite leading lady in fascinating style.
“ Another really enjoyable John Ford & John Wayne Western .
“ By now they are old friends, that i love to revisit, the attractions are many and long from pure personal nostalgia to the joy of pure cinematic entertainment to the often stunning visuals and breathless beauty of the landscape photography or to enjoy a great old time film star at the top of his game.
“ This beautiful film is full of fascinating tensions.
“ The main plots concerning the colonel, his wife and their son and the conflict with the Apache where entertaining enough although a subplot involving a soldier wanted for manslaughter never really goes anywhere; strangely it is played for laughs as he keeps being allowed to escape on the horses of senior officers.
“ It has one of John Wayne's finest, most subtle performances, the bewitching chemistry of Wayne and the beautiful Maureen O'Hara in their first screen pairing, classic Ford action sequences, and a compelling story with the emphasis on family, friendship and loyalty that was always Ford's hallmark.
“Possibly over-familiarity was breeding a little contempt for seeing the same actors, such as Wayne, Victor McLaglen and Harry Carey Junior, playing stock characters and putting them in predictable settings and situations.
“The film develops usual John Ford's themes: The friendship,sense of camaraderie,a little bit of enjoyable humor,the familiar feeling,sentimental nostalgia and the glorification of the cavalry,besides a sensible songs in charge of Son of Pioneers with Ken Curtis and music score by Dimitri Tiomkin.
“ The Indian-baiting in this context is particularly vicious, and the scenes with the idealised young soldiers is very close to Hitler Youth propaganda.
“"Rio Grande" is a remarkably well-done film, mixing drama and action it definitely makes up for an entertaining evening.
“ As a writer, I find this to be the most honest and least pretentious of all John Ford's western films.
“ The future Oscar Winner had been a champion Rodeo Roper & Rider and displayed some of his talents in this area in training scenes; exciting action scenes that were masterfully held in contrast with some subtle and easy bits of comic relief with recruits Travis Tyree (Johnson) and Daniel "Sandy" Boone (Harry Carey, Jr.).NOTE: * Mr. Ford's real name has been given both ways.
“ There was little else to do in the long, boring tedium of life in the Western outposts for the lowly trooper.
“Very predictable story as well and all we are left with at the end of the movie is the scenic cinematography(despite using primitive mid 30's techniques.
“ But that is a minor blemish on what is undoubtedly one of Ford's most characteristic and engrossing movies.
“He had that gift for turning the most mundane material into cinematic gold,an alchemy as rare as it is sought after.