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Body and Soul (1947) (1947)

Body and Soul (1947)


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 3
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 658


Movie Info

This film focuses on pugilist Joe Devlin's desperate bid to become the world's greatest fighter. Unfortunately, the battle to the top causes him to leave his values and principles behind; though it leads him to success, ultimately it takes him on a tragic dive from which he never recovers.

Drama , Classics
Directed By:
Written By:
Abraham Polonsky
In Theaters:
Mar 5, 2002


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Critic Reviews for Body and Soul (1947)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (0) | DVD (4)

Trite is hardly the word for the plot, which was already wheezy by the time this minor classic was made in 1947, but Abraham Polonsky's script brings such tight, painful focus to the moral choices that it seems fresh and real.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Garfield's bullish performance saves the movie from its stagy moments and episodic script.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Altogether this Enterprise picture rolls up a round-by-round triumph on points until it comes through with a climactic knockout that hits the all-time high in throat-catching fight films.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

If the movie works today, it's probably because of Abraham Polonsky's beautiful screenplay, a rich desert plate filled with glorious, lowdown street and sports prose.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

John Garfield gives a wonderful performance in the noir sports melodrama, directed by the blacklisted Polonsky

Full Review… | April 23, 2011

Now only seems gripping because of Garfield's gritty performance.

Full Review… | March 20, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The fight film to which all others are compared.

Full Review… | July 30, 2003
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is tight, hard-hitting entertainment.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Body and Soul (1947)

sure it's the same tired boxing cliches but polonsky's sharp dialogues and garfield's greatest performance made it well worth watching, for me at least. james wong howe wore skates and rolled around the ring shooting the fight scenes with a hand-held camera, creating a level of realism that influenced 'raging bull'

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


The original Rocky 2, complete with dying trainer

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Another classic that often gets missed. It was probably the greatest fight movie until Raging Bull came along. A real hidden gem.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


A look at the corrupt sides of professional boxing. John Garfield plays the corrupted boxer. Fast money, fast women, expensive high rise, a corrupted manager that would make Don King's face light up with glee. "Body And Soul" isn't all that corrupt, Garfield's character has a love intrest, a good friend who is looking out for him and a mother who wishes her son would decide to get an education. Great performances by Garfield, Anne Revere, Joseph Pevney, Lili Palmer, Canada Lee and Lloyd Gough. I gave this a 90 but now am giving this a 60. We've seen this story on screen before people.

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Brian R

Super Reviewer

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