• Unrated, 2 hr. 5 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:    Elia Kazan
  • In Theaters:    May 28, 1957 Wide
  • On DVD:    May 10, 2005
  • WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES

A Face in the Crowd Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

What starts out as a seemingly liberal tract rapidly becomes a smug, cynical exercise in misanthropy.


Film4
May 24, 2003

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

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2002

A little overdone, but Neal and Remick are brilliant.

| Original Score: 4/5
Kimberly Gadette
Doddle
July 10, 2012

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 | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 12, 2006

| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
December 31, 2004

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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 15, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 29, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: B
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
Top Critic
February 27, 2008

A Face in the Crowd has never ceased to be relevant.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003

| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 28, 2005

| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
December 19, 2002

| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2003

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Bezanson
Filmcritic.com
May 13, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 31, 2002

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

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.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

This sizzling and cynical exposure... also presents Andy Griffith as the key figure in his first screen role.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Variety
Top Critic
November 6, 2008

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