East of Eden Reviews

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
May 23, 2005
If you turn the sound down on East of Eden (and, by all means, do), you'll see why Dean is a legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 2, 2007
Kazan had the bad sense to leave out the best parts from the lengthy book.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 29, 2005
the real reason that this film has any legs at all (and the ONLY reason that Warner Brothers has released the DVD) rests with James Dean
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In short, there is energy and intensity but little clarity and emotion in this film. It is like a great, green iceberg: mammoth and imposing but very cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 17, 2005
... 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."
| Original Score: B
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
April 21, 2005
as exciting a drama as you're ever likely to see, and ultimately it's the unforgettable Dean that makes it so
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
A showcase for Dean's searing, gargantuan, force-of-nature performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rebecca Murray
About.com
June 26, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 17, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place.
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
August 30, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 30, 2005
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
January 29, 2009
East of Eden is set in 1917 but [James] Dean feels completely modern and contemporary, a boy not quite comfortable in his body.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
James Dean is still the main reason why should we enjoy this very good example of 1950s cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 17, 2006
James Dean's finest performance
| Original Score: 5/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
October 20, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 20, 2008
Fine James Dean vehicle, one of few that put him into immortality.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 11, 2011
Terry Ballard
Senses of Cinema
June 6, 2001
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Variety
July 22, 2008
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