• Unrated, 2 hr. 5 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Elia Kazan
    In Theaters:
    May 28, 1957 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 10, 2005
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A Face in the Crowd Reviews

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A fascinating early look at the unholy alliance between politics and entertainment, the corporations controlling it all. With Griffith's wild performance, even though the film has its flaws, it's worth viewing.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 7/10

July 10, 2012
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Another fruitful collaboartion between Kazan and Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront), a poignant film about celebrity, the mass media, and the political process.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

April 8, 2011
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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A Face in the Crowd has never ceased to be relevant.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 27, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a biting 'rise and fall' satire, sending out a warning to watch out for legends created on the boob tube.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

November 29, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A raw, penetrating, and terrifying portrait of humanity.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

November 1, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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What starts out as a seemingly liberal tract rapidly becomes a smug, cynical exercise in misanthropy.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...an important cautionary tale for all of us not take everything we see and hear at face value.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

May 15, 2005
David Bezanson
Filmcritic.com

Next time you feel like you're getting fooled again by a demagogue, rent this movie and get centered

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2005
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Didactic but highly effective little black comedy from the folks who gave you 'On the Waterfront.' Andy Griffith is downright scary.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 31, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The remarkable thing about A Face in the Crowd is the way in which this 50-year-old film only seems to become only more relevant with the passing of time.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 20, 2003

Film4

The first half of A Face in the Crowd is genuinely intriguing and competently handled by Kazan, but it quickly degenerates into moralizing diatribe.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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This sizzling and cynical exposure... also presents Andy Griffith as the key figure in his first screen role.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A little overdone, but Neal and Remick are brilliant.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 1, 2002
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Andy Griffith, as a hick radio star modeled on Arthur Godfrey, delivers an astonishing, sinister performance in Elia Kazan's 1957 essay on media demagoguery.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

December 12, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 29, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2005
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

October 31, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 5/5

December 31, 2002
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