Roger Ebert concludes,
There are good lines of Wayne dialog and good exchanges with Ben Johnson (as the cook) and some scenes in which you can see that even Wayne thinks Gabriel looks ridiculous as an Indian. And these scenes help pass the time and help you forget how wooden and uninteresting Hudson is. Which is pretty wooden and uninteresting indeed.Emmanuel Levy calls it "One of John Wayne’s least interesting films." 65% of Rotten Tomatoes audience members liked it.