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Joe Kidd

Joe Kidd

1972
Western
1h 28m
An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader. (imdb)
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Joe Kidd

1972
Western
1h 28m
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Avg Percentile 41.77% from 293 total ratings

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Rated 15 Sep 2007
60
40th
Probably Eastwood's weakest western overall. Given the stars on hand (Eastwood, Duvall, Saxon) it's amazing how average and predictable everything is. The location photography is great, though.
Rated 05 Aug 2012
64
39th
For a collaboration by Elmore Leonard, John Sturges, Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall (and John Saxon as a Mexican!) this is pretty ho-hum. Not terrible but a disappointingly average western.
Rated 08 Sep 2009
60
61st
Behold the power of a picturesque filming location.
Rated 01 Sep 2012
80
74th
The early 70's was a time when if you were a director and you got Eastwood to sign on you said to your self, "we're home free now." and you would have been right. "Joe Kidd" does nothing spectacular, but Eastwood makes this movie.
Rated 28 Feb 2024
64
45th
As far as Eastwood westerns are concerned this could've been called Joe Schmoe.
Rated 19 May 2011
65
38th
John Saxon the Mexican ahahahahahaha...
Rated 06 Apr 2014
63
24th
Passable but ultimately forgettable western functions as a decent time-waster but nothing more. Eastwood is at his best in the opening scenes (with his method of serving breakfast a particular delight) but it is a shame that his character's sense of humour evaporates entirely as the rather pedestrian story and screenplay develops. Lalo Schifrin's score is a definite highlight as always.
Rated 31 Jan 2009
86
76th
A pretty decent western. Not the best movie in the world, but my love for westerns inflated the score.
Rated 08 Jun 2011
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 17 Jul 2020
70
61st
Joe Kidd is as close to a comedy as any Eastwood western comes, with his memorable antihero dealing quips and takedowns that are frequently hilarious. The narrative is fairly stunted and the final act somehow underwhelming despite a locomotive driving through a saloon, but for light entertainment it's still a winner.
Rated 29 Jul 2009
72
23rd
Joe Kidd is somewhat of a mess. The characters are all obnoxious cartoons (especially Robert Duvall's henchmen and possibly excepting Clint Eastwood, although he does tread towards self-parody at points); the characters have barely any motivation for anything they do; and every plot development is rushed with little impact as the movie careens through its barely 90-minute run-time. They only positives? Beautiful settings and a kick-ass soundtrack.
Rated 17 May 2013
82
69th
Clint and western movies equal GREATNESS.
Rated 07 Aug 2021
49
30th
Feels like an unnecessarily long episode of a middling western TV show. Seems to be setting up some potentially interesting stuff that actually says something in the beginning, but nah--s'all just to position Kidd as the babyface and justify the big and silly shooty-bang-bang scenes. The train-goes-to-the-saloon scene was fun, though.
Rated 02 Aug 2019
74
74th
You know that bit where he's busted Lamarr's voicebox with the butt of a shotgun and then tricked him into falling to his death from a tower, then taken his hat and gun and assumed his post, then gets harassed by the other men and shouts back, in Lamarr's busted up voice, "WHY DON'T YOU GO SCREW YOURSELF!"? That had me howling.
Rated 12 Dec 2023
33
32nd
Very scenic, just hard to take seriously. Not Duvall's best film. Kind of boring.
Rated 28 Nov 2009
82
27th
The politics in this film are inscrutable. In the beginning, Joe Kidd is a loner who looks set to become a hero to the oppressed. Toward the middle, he supports neither the peasant rebels nor the landowners. At the end, Joe Kidd convinces the rebel leader to surrender and trust his fate to the state court. That Joe Kidd would propose such a thing is out of character; that the revolutionary would accept surrender and state law contradicts everything we have learned about him.
Rated 11 May 2021
48
54th
Everybody in this film acts as expected, including being cast to type. If you like Eastwood movie's you will get exactly what you expect.
Rated 09 Dec 2010
17
15th
Normalish western, but better than most.
Rated 21 May 2008
2
21st
Immensely boring.
Rated 17 May 2021
75
49th
This film has some slow spots but there are a few good exciting scenes that make up for it. This film is well cast as the actors do a good job with their roles. Overall I would recommend this western.
Rated 09 Dec 2010
13
63rd
Not THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY but along parr with several other of Clint Eastwood's lesser western works.
Rated 24 Jul 2011
100
51st
a good western movie 10 out of 10
Rated 20 Jan 2024
80
49th
Eastwood has some great moments: Steering a train straight into the saloon, swinging/smashing a bucket over the guys head, killing a guy by opening a trap door as he was stepping onto it, sitting in the judges chair at the end and shooting the bad guy. The movie looks good and is enjoyable, but over all pretty average and not a stand out, it will blur together with other Eastwood flicks in my memory.
Rated 13 Sep 2020
38
17th
Despite a few impressive kills and fine cinematography, this is a bad movie in almost every way. From lousy characters and tired acting to the uneven tone and unbalanced narrative.
Rated 21 Jan 2024
62
28th
While neither the best work from Eastwood or Sturges, there is a tight script from Elmore Leonard and a fun performance from a young Robert Duvall (though he still looks 55). John Saxon plays a Mexican, which is something, and then not a lot actually happens. It is all fine, if not a bit forgettable.

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