• PG, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Elia Kazan
    In Theaters:
    Apr 10, 1955 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 31, 2005
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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East of Eden Reviews

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Catches fire in the clashes between Dean (as the bad brother) and Raymond Massey as his stiff-necked dad.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 14, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

After testing various performers (including a newcomer named Paul Newman), Kazan went with the unknown Dean, a move that immediately yielded dividends.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 6, 2013
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a reaction to our plutocracy's values and a further case for Dean as the sainted figure of rebellion that would fuel the generational schism of the '60s.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 11, 2011
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

East of Eden is set in 1917 but [James] Dean feels completely modern and contemporary, a boy not quite comfortable in his body.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

January 29, 2009
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Fine James Dean vehicle, one of few that put him into immortality.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 20, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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John Steinbeck's painful biblical allegory -- Genesis replayed in Monterey, California, circa 1917 -- is more palatable on the screen, thanks to the down-to-earth performances of James Dean as Cal/Cain and Richard Davalos as Aron/Abel.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 1, 2007
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 5/5

September 17, 2006
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

James Dean's finest performance

| Original Score: 5/5

February 17, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It's a film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Not only one of Kazan's richest films and Dean's first significant role, it is also arguably the actor's best performance.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2005
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

What could be a better way to spend two hours?

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 6, 2005
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

| Original Score: 5/5

October 20, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Kazan's Biblical allegory has not held up well, but Dean's performance, for which he was Oscar-nominated posthumously, proves why he became a star after his very first film

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

July 18, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... can be seen as one of the earliest examples of the enshrinement of the unregenerate, semi-nihilistic "attitude" that informed and in part created "rock 'n' roll."

Full Review | Original Score: B

July 17, 2005

Empire Magazine

A classic of its time.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 22, 2005
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Dean's performance continues to resonant, still evoking today the same anger, anguish, and confusion of growing up that it did half a century ago.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

May 30, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A showcase for Dean's searing, gargantuan, force-of-nature performance.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

May 3, 2005
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

as exciting a drama as you're ever likely to see, and ultimately it's the unforgettable Dean that makes it so

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 21, 2005
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net

| Original Score: 5/5

August 30, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

August 25, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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January 11, 2011

Variety
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July 22, 2008
Terry Ballard
Senses of Cinema
June 6, 2001
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