...its defining trait is insistence.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Gershwin songs are magnificent, and the climactic ballet a tour de force that won the great Hungarian-born cameraman John Alton an Oscar.
It's up there with the very best of Hollywood hoofers.
| Original Score: 5/5
Fresher than ever.
| Original Score: 3/5
Seven Oscars resulted in 1952, for once deserved.
| Original Score: 4/5
It is a little sugary and theatrical and perhaps it has dated less well than other classic Hollywood musicals. But there is charm and a kind of willed American innocence.
Gene Kelly remains one of the best and brightest of the Golden Era musical stars and An American in Paris shows him in fine form.
| Original Score: 3/4
Unforgettable musical is great for parents and kids alike.
George Guetary's singing scenes should have been left on the cutting room floor, but Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron are mesmerizing, and Oscar Levant is amusing as Jerry's piano playing buddy.
| Original Score: B-
A triumph for tireless dance advocate Kelly, the Freed Unit, and the American musical itself. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 4/4
A grand show -- a brilliant combination of Hollywood's opulence and technical wizardry with the kind of taste and creativeness that most high-budgeted musicals notoriously lack.
...the musical numbers have enough life for two pictures.
| Original Score: 7/10
How can one go wrong with Gershwin, Gene Kelly, and this Oscar winner?
| Original Score: 5/5
An extravagant charmer.
t's a simple love story, but also a celebration of dance, music and art, embodied in the somewhat synthetic notion of Paris as the spiritual home of the arts, and the painterly aesthetic of the film as a whole.
One of the most imaginative musical confections turned out by Hollywood in years.
While not nearly the musical it's cracked up to be, this 1951 film is absolutely required viewing for anyone who wants to see the studio system (MGM style) at its gaudiest, most Byzantine height.
Beautifully designed, An American in Paris features plenty of unnecessarily lengthy dance numbers and a mildly interesting plot.
The dazzling French fried musical is Hollywood's homage to Paris's joie de vivre.
| Original Score: B
Visually rich musical, with creative ballet finale.