“Accept that, and the film is still entertaining.
“ He was captured before he could do this - possibly one of the most unexpected blessings in American history, for Bonaparte would not have stopped being Bonaparte if he had landed here.
“ This film is well worth watching again and again.
“ There's lots of fighting and heroic action in this movie, and it's a way to pass an enjoyable hour or two.
“ Action packed and well photographed; and an attention holder throughout.
“ Nothing happens in this goddam film and the cast seem to mercilessly bore the audience with a stupid song to the tune of "She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain".
“ It is also fascinating for anyone with an interest in 18th or early 19th century France.
“ This film is boring.
“This one is a cut above the usual Western oater with easy humor, romance and some enjoyable characterizations and dialogue
“ And this is not necessarily a bad thing (apart from the lousy acting by Ralston), as the movie is highly entertaining.
“ It's a fight to stay awake .
“ Not on the same level as The Searchers or Red River or even Hondo, But The Fighting Kentuckian IS an enjoyable film to watch.
“ All the villains are killed at the end by their criss-crossing situations (only one, Howard, dies redeeming himself), but the plotting and counter-plotting is so intensely complicated that the viewer has to accept it's intense pressure due to the time limitations of the movie.
“ It's a great one for kids and enjoyable for adults, as well.
“ Republic excelled in action scenes and the final stampede of wagons and horses is much more exciting than they do nowadays.
“ It moves at a fair old clip and is rarely boring, instead building to some thrilling moments at the climax.
“ With two Hollywood legends leading the way, this 1949 production easily remains enjoyable all these decades later.
“ It's an unexpected coda, a box office success to boot, and a heartwarming one after years stuck in unworthy programmers with Stan for Darryl F Zanuck.
“ Each one has his own agenda and it makes the film a bit hard to follow.
“ John Wayne's second effort as star/producer (after "Angel and the Badman", in 1947), "The Fighting Kentuckian" is a VERY enjoyable tale, set in 1818 Alabama, of coonskin-capped Wayne, part of the Kentucky militia, falling for French immigrant Vera Ralston (in her second film with Duke), and discovering a plot to swindle the French community (composed of ex-officers of Napoleon, and their families) out of their land, by aristocrat John Howard and ruthless river boss Grant Withers.