Huston’s scripting and direction, and the playing, leaven the story telling with a lot of good humor. Unfoldment has a leisureness that goes with the characters and situations, but is quickened often enough with the excitement of incredible adventure to keep the interest strong throughout its 104 minutes. Critically, there are a few slight flaws, most noticeable in the beginning, when plot establishment and the incidents it involves are a bit drawn out. What comes later, though, is engrossing enough to make the whole a worthwhile piece of screen entertainment that will be thoroughly enjoyed by most any adult.
Charlie Allnut: A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.
Rose Sayer: Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.
The African Queen