Grease (1978)



Critic Consensus: Grease is a pleasing, energetic musical with infectiously catchy songs and an ode to young love that never gets old.

Movie Info

"Grease," said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word." Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz '50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their "Summer Nights" falling in love, but once fall comes, it's back to Rydell … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bronte Woodard, Allan Carr
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2002
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Grease

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (12)

The screenplay is a prepubescent shambles, the direction is by acne out of disposable douches, the dubbing and looping of the songs is painfully obvious, the characterizations are generally repulsive and the whole thing is utterly without style.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Travolta is a riot. Alternately swaggering to prove his "coolness" and re-affirming his ability on the dance floor, the actor gives the kind of performance that's perfect for the role.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
Top Critic

Grease holds up for new generations because it captures the enthusiasm of youth and the vibrancy of California's sunshine-and-cars culture.

Full Review… | December 30, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

Grease has got it, from the outstanding animated titles of John Wilson all the way through the rousing finale as John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John ride off into teenage happiness.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
Top Critic

Limp, cheaply made.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An unembarrassed movie musical, something my generation experienced only in Sunday-afternoon movies on TV.

December 30, 2006
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Grease

For some reason, it took me until this year to finally see this movie. most of my friends love this movie and I knew the songs so well. But I was pleasantly surprised to watch it!
First, I was surprised by how un-innocent the movie was. Listening to `Summer Loving' could lead one to believe this was a simple story about 50's high school students. Whoops, it's not, it's actually a parody of that. But, that gives it a lot of amusing (adult) humor.
But the most impressive thing about the movie is how energetic it is. They really don't make them like they used to. The music and dancing really gets you excited as you start tapping your feet with the rhythm. Just compare this energy to today's computer-generated films, like Star Wars Episode II! Ewan McGregor reading lines unemotionally to a CGI Yoda? YAWN... John Travolta (really) swinging Olivia Newton-John through the air? COOL!
Hollywood really has lost something. 3 Stars 1-1-2001 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

This adaptation of the 1971 musical strikes the right chords and hits all the right moves. Gracefully filled with flamboyant and electrifying singing and dancing numbers along with the charm and charisma of its two young lovers (Travolta & Newton-John), Grease is the word and the film to portray young love in all its fine ways. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

As original as movies come, and whose style is still mimicked to this day.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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