Images Journal lists it as one of the 30 great Westerns. Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear says,
It is a story where the villains are as honorable as the heroes, at least in their own way. It is a story that has been told since the first cowboy drove his first herd of cattle. While it is an old story, The Tall T is one of its best incarnations.Rotten Tomatoes doesn't have a critics score, but the audience score is 82%.