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Grease (1978)

tomatometer

80

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 11

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

67

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

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

audience

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 1,156,220

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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

PG,

Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Sep 24, 2002

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (11) | DVD (40)

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.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

April 30, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Grease holds up for new generations because it captures the enthusiasm of youth and the vibrancy of California's sunshine-and-cars culture.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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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.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Limp, cheaply made.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (25)
Chicago Reader
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An unembarrassed movie musical, something my generation experienced only in Sunday-afternoon movies on TV.

December 30, 2006
San Jose Mercury News
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A dumb but lively rock musical.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I love the film's energy. I love the movie-star charisma of John Travolta in the lead. I love the "am I doing this right?" hesitancy of much of Olivia Newton-John's performance. I love the fact that the film is so unapologetically filthy.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

A film that's immortal for its unbridled enthusiasm and top notch production that makes it arguably the best musical ever made...

June 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

One of the most commercially successful transfers of a Broadway musical to the big screen, Grease is not a great movie but it's a lot of fun to watch and listen due to superlative cast.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Problematic but ultimately irresistible adaptation of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's hit Broadway musical. [Blu-ray]

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...comes to life when Travolta and company are singing and dancing.

May 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Randal Kleiser's 1978 musical, set in the Fifties, has some horrible acting but the kind of exuberance that has made it a cult classic.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

There's a surprising strain of filth, too - this is much closer to Hairspray than High School Musical. The message is: burn rubber, have sex, strut about like a chicken. It's one that's hard to resist.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Much-loved but somewhat overrated.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (4)
Times [UK]

Travolta and Newton-John burn up the screen with all the passion of a potato salad while occasionally singing a song you know all the words to because they play it every week in small-town nightclubs.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (8)
Film4

Good, clean, high-spirited fun.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

... a bowdlerized version of the original stage play

January 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Despite the film's rose-tinted rearview mirrors and Ipana-worthy cheeriness, it's not so much the Wedding Singer of its day as it is the Boogie Nights.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Grease

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
January 6, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

As original as movies come, and whose style is still mimicked to this day.
January 3, 2013
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

I am more of an action type of guy, but this film get a good deal of respect from me for it's originality, and the tunes are still recognised, which must mean that 33 years later, it's still remembered.
October 29, 2011
scottgreen96

Super Reviewer

    1. Frenchy: [to Sandy] Uh Sandy here's your toothbrush.
    2. Sandy Olsson: [grabs it through the door] Oh thanks Frenchy, I'm sorry to be so much trouble.
    3. Frenchy: Oh it's okay.
    4. Rizzo: [puts on blond wig] Ooh This Goody Two-Shoes makes me wanna barf.
    – Submitted by Matthew C (14 months ago)
    1. Kenickie: Hey Zuk man those Scorpions are asking for it Hey yo Danny what's up you still think about that chick?
    2. Danny Zuko: What are you nuts?
    3. Kenickie: No I just thought that.
    4. Danny Zuko: Get in there, I don't think that much.
    5. Kenickie: Oh that's cool.
    – Submitted by Matthew C (21 months ago)
    1. Sandy Olsson: Tell me bout it stud.
    – Submitted by Nicole S (2 years ago)
    1. Vince Fontaine: It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's what you do with your dancin' shoes.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Danny Zuko: You can't just walk out of a drive-in.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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