'Cry Macho" Review: Should You Watch It or Not?

Is this Clint Eastwood western worth a watch, or will our "Cry Macho" review make you want to skip out on this rodeo?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Cry Macho Review: Watch or Not?

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The 91-year-old king of the Western genre Clint Eastwood has created a new film that hits theaters today titled "Cry Macho." It follows Eastwood's character, Mike Milo, who owes a favor to an old colleague/friend. Mike is tasked with travelling to Mexico, finding his colleague’s son, and bringing him back to Texas. Seems simple and pretty straightforward? Unfortunately for Mike, he'll quickly learn that this favor will evolve into a much taller order. Though Mike has lost a lot, he still has his word. And he's not planning on breaking it. However, before you take the time on the "Cry Macho" trip, check out our review.

Reasons to Watch...

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Eastwood gives a great performance, skirting the line between charming and "macho." We see him transform from a believably absentminded old man into a lively one with a second shot at happiness.
  • It's a simple, heartfelt story that takes its time and invests in developing its complex characters.
  • This film breaks down the old stigma that you have to be big and tough to be considered a real man. Eastwood is a red-blooded cowboy here that also has a sensitive side. He's still the manliest one in the room.

Or Not...

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© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Many of the critical plot points and cringy conversations feel forced and unrealistic.
  • Some of the major friction points and character obstacles are ones they've indirectly set up for themselves for no apparent reason.
  • The premise of the film is very basic and formulaic. There aren't really huge surprises to stir up the story.

Watch or Not?

With "Cry Macho," unless you're a huge Clint Eastwood fan and a movie completist, you might be better off skipping it.

Though it has a lot of heart, the narrative itself is uninspired. We found ourselves meandering our way through the film waiting for something to happen only to be underwhelmed by the end. We could feel the chemistry between the characters, and the love that was put into the flick, but it could use a more developed story.

Available in theaters or on HBO Max

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Cry Macho



September 17, 2021

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Jesse Conner

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