On the Waterfront Reviews

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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
Kazan over-emphasized the last sequence in the film, but on the whole, his fine direction shows in the strength and power of the dramatic action on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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TIME Magazine
February 18, 2009
On the Waterfront has a script that is a work of love and shows it.
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Variety Staff
January 30, 2008
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's pretty electrifying.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2005
You miss this, you're buyin' a one-way ticket to Palookaville.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 23, 2004
Indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 17, 2004
So when does it hit you that you're in the presence of movie greatness?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 2, 2004
It is thanks to Brando that this posthumous Popular Front classic is a heart-clutcher from beginning to end.
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 20, 2003
An uncommonly powerful, exciting and imaginative use of the screen by gifted professionals.
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James Berardinelli
April 25, 2002
One of the best acted efforts to come out of Hollywood during the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is still possible to feel the power of the film and of Brando and Kazan, who changed American movie acting forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4