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On the Waterfront Reviews

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

On the surface it's an extremely well-crafted and entertaining drama, but peel away some layers and you'll discover an apologia for informing.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 12, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A powerful watch, thanks largely to an incredible cast, Leonard Bernstein's strong score, and a handful of iconic scenes, none better than the moving "I coulda been a contender" sequence.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 7, 2013
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a watershed moment in cinema history; it remains one of the greatest films of the 1950s

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 4/4

February 26, 2013

Total Film

An astounding drama that's still a contender almost 50 years on.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

February 15, 2013
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Allow me to suggest On the Waterfront is one such 'classic' that holds up; a declaration that deserves only one, dismissive response: "No duh."

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 5/5

February 12, 2013
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Raises important issues about the nature of power.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A strong morality tale about corruption and redemption, On the Waterfront is a timeless classic that features two masters at the top of their craft.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 6, 2010

TIME Magazine
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On the Waterfront has a script that is a work of love and shows it.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 18, 2009
Variety Staff
Variety
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Under Elia Kazan's direction, Marlon Brando puts on a spectacular show, giving a fascinating, multi-faceted performance as the uneducated dock walloper and former pug, who is basically a softie with a special affection for his rooftop covey of pigeons.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 30, 2008

Film4

Elia Kazan's seminal American classic.

Full Review Source: Film4

November 1, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It's hard to deny that Marlon Brando's performance as a dock worker and ex-fighter who finally decides to rat on his gangster brother (Rod Steiger) is pretty terrific.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 12, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Marlon Brando is outstanding as a former boxing champ torn between family and duty in the magnificent On the Waterfront

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The film is shot on location in black-and-white, semi-docu style, which suits the realistic subject and commonplace characters, particularly Terry Malloy, the passive dock worker forced to become a crusader-fighter, splendidly played by Brando.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 5/5

July 15, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It's pretty electrifying.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Mike Barkacs
Bullz-Eye.com

This movie has to be considered one of the very best of all time.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 5, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com

Do the politics make it bad? Not at all. It's a fictional story, not a soapbox.

Full Review Source: LYTRules.com

June 27, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The difference between pre- and post-1950s cinema - before and after Brando - is as pronounced as moving from black and white to color.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

March 11, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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You miss this, you're buyin' a one-way ticket to Palookaville.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 3, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

December 23, 2004
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

What makes On the Waterfront resonate so powerfully all these years later? There's the titanic work of Marlon Brando -- it's his definitive screen performance -- as boxer-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy.

| Original Score: 4/4

December 17, 2004
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