East of Eden Reviews

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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 11, 2011
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Variety
July 22, 2008
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 1, 2007
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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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