Opening

—— The Identical Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
67% Thunder and the House of Magic Sep 05
74% God Help the Girl Sep 05
—— The Remaining Sep 05

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $16.3M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $11.8M
38% If I Stay $9.3M
33% As Above/So Below $8.3M
21% Let's Be Cops $8.2M
36% The November Man $7.7M
18% When The Game Stands Tall $5.6M
32% The Giver $5.3M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $4.6M
34% The Expendables 3 $3.5M

Coming Soon

—— No Good Deed Sep 12
—— Dolphin Tale 2 Sep 12
—— Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Sep 12
100% The Skeleton Twins Sep 12
100% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Sep 12

Premieres Tonight

25% Houdini: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

—— Anger Management: Season 2
71% Dallas: Season 3
—— Mistresses: Season 2
25% Partners: Season 1
67% Teen Wolf: Season 4
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Breathless: Season One
100% Falling Skies: Season 4
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
78% Ray Donovan: Season 2
46% Reckless: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
—— Unforgettable: Season 2

Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

tomatometer

No Score Yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 2

audience

71

liked it
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 1,233

My Rating

Movie Info

Paul Newman recreates his Broadway role in the 1962 film version of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. Newman plays handsome hustler Chance Wayne, who romances fading film star Alexandra Del Lago (Geraldine Page) in hopes of winning a movie contract for himself. The mercenary Wayne and the self-destructive Alexandra find themselves in Chance's home town, where corrupt politician Boss Finley (Oscar-winner Ed Begley) rules the roost. Finley's daughter Heavenly (Shirley Knight), impregnated

May 2, 2006

MGM Home Entertainment

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (4)

It's a glossy, engrossing hunk of motion picture entertainment, slickly produced by Berman.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Offers little indication of what made the original play interesting (especially in Elia Kazan's stage production), despite the fact that Paul Newman and Geraldine Page are called on to reprise their original roles.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Brooks' direction seems a little too stolid for all the sleazy, flaming passions. These are, however, given full measure by an excellent cast.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This cynical, coruscating drama has a strong look of being contrived, and Mr. Brooks' happy ending for it is implausible and absurd.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Page and Newman are fantastic.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

All of Williams's Southern Gothic themes are intermingled here: violence, familial conflict, sexual neurosis, the mentality of the mob. Most of it comes across as overheated nonsense.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Strong cast (Newman, Page) in deeply dramatic Williams drama.

February 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

There is no clearer face for the conflict and despondency of the decade of the sixties than Newman's magnificent bastards.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

When approaching 1962's Sweet Bird of Youth, go for the parts rather than the whole.... [T]he film is a long drive through swampy melodrama.

May 7, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

The film gets a little bogged down in minutiae and irrelevant side plots, but on the whole it's solid and searing.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

In 1962, the film was deemed audacious due to its handling of such taboo issues as drugs, abortion, and degeneracy, but it's a comromised work which deviates substantially from Tennessee Williams' play.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Newman and Page elevate Williams' melodramatic romance.

February 10, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Newman began his splendid career on stage and returned triumphantly to Broadway to star in Williams' play about a gigolo with acting ambitions who attaches himself to an aging movie star.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Sweet Bird of Youth

Sweet Bird of Youth is structured like a resurrection tale. Chance Wayne is thrown into all types of abasement, dragged this way and that, beaten to a bloody pulpy (figuratively, of course), and finally rises from the ashes, a new man.
April 28, 2011
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

Very underrated and a great story about vanity and the drawbacks of Hollywood. Paul Newman delivers his usual knockout performance, creating a very lovable and fun character that is also very realistic and heart felt. There's also a lot of other great performances thrown in, including Rip Torn as a deranged redneck out for blood. The story is so well put together by the greatest playwright to ever live, Tennessee Williams. I think the love story is so well done and put together in such a tragic way that the end result nearly drains you. The movie itself is really well put together and has some really beautiful sets and shots.
June 4, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

If you've been reading some of my reviews, you all know how much I like Paul Newman, but he failed to appease me this time.
The whole story just wasn't that interesting. As a matter of fact, I don't think I have anything constructive to say about the movie. So I'll leave it at that.
February 14, 2010
Saxia

Super Reviewer

Newman does Tennessee Williams very well and he does tremendously well in Sweet Bird of Youth. He is the ultimate hustler who meets obstacles that he can't overcome. Brilliant.
April 24, 2014
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Sweet Bird of Youth on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

November Man is Slick, Convoluted

Total Recall
Total Recall

Pierce Brosnan's 10 Best Movies

Mindy Project
Mindy Project

Get caught up on the comedy

Red Carpet Roundup
Red Carpet Roundup

See pictures from this week's premieres

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile