Images Journal has it on their list of 30 Great Westerns and they close their article with this:
Hondo is the most domestic of Wayne’s Westerns and director John Farrow brings out gently nuanced performances from the two leads.Slant Magazine concludes, "Put your feet up, open a beer, and enjoy Al Bundy's all-time favorite movie." DVD Talk calls it "a terrific movie, and perhaps the perfect non- John Ford Wayne western". Time Out notes it was "John Wayne's favourite John Wayne movie." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 86%.