The Broadway Melody Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
February 1, 1929

The Broadway Melody has not stood the test of time in ways that many of its more artistic contemporaries have.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Contactmusic.com
February 19, 2005

Mainly a curiosity for film buffs who want to see how musicals erupted in the early days of the talkie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000

The Broadway Melody's snarky, wiseacre humor and effervescent charm save it from being completely dated, though the dance production numbers -- pure padding, all -- may try your patience.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 11, 2008

The first musical and sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture creaks from old age.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
June 14, 2005

It is abundantly clear that they had not yet figured out how to stage or shoot musical numbers for the screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2005

The Broadway Melody won the Academy Award for the best picture of 1929, but I am at a total loss to explain how or why.

Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 2, 2003

It's dated, sexist (get a load of the ending!!!), and technically quite inept.

| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 26, 2005

The first musical to win the Oscar, Broadway Melody is a weak song-and-dance picture, but at the time the movie was so popular that it launched a whole series

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
Top Critic
January 6, 2014

Although the audible devices worked exceedingly well in most instances, it is questionable whether it would not have been wiser to leave some of the voices to the imagination.


TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 12, 2006

First musical to win Academy Award reeks of mothballs, but is undeniably the basis of perhaps a hundred others.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

TIME Magazine
Top Critic
February 17, 2009

A tedious musical comedy embedded in a routine story like a fly in celluloid.

David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 27, 2005

Its function as genre blueprint makes for quite the curiosity. More importantly, it also stands up quite well as a solid evening's entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sid Silverman
Variety
Top Critic
March 1, 2007

Excellent bits of sound workmanship are that of camera and mike following Page and the heavy along the dance floor to pick up their conversation as they glide.

Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 7, 2006

...cinematic evolution long ago froze The Broadway Melody in Precambrian amber. But while the movie is hopelessly dated now, it was the bee's knees in its day.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 5, 2006

Mediocre performances and poorly-constructed musical numbers are the low points in this modestly interesting all-talking, all-singing production.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 12, 2004

Interesting only as an early sound curio.

| Original Score: 3/5
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The staging is wooden, the story insipid, and the dialogue sequences mostly painful, but the film's integration of song, dance, and story was a clear narrative advance over the music pictures being released by Warner Brothers and Fox.

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