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Singin' in the Rain (1952)


Average Rating: 9.2/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 47
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 135,510



Movie Info

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly's fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Set during the advent of "talkies," Don Lockwood has risen to stardom during Hollywood's silent-movie era - paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont. And when Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden, Lamont has … More

Romance , Musical & Performing Arts , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Adolph Green , Betty Comden
In Theaters:
Aug 27, 1997


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Critic Reviews for Singin' in the Rain

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (0) | DVD (33)

...this one's the Taj Mahal, Armstrong's footprint on the moon, the 2001 Arizona-New York World Series, the Clash's London Calling, and the perfect foamy head on an expertly poured Guinness.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Top Critic

One of the shining glories of the American musical.

Full Review… | June 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A fancy package of musical entertainment with wide appeal and bright grossing prospects.

Full Review… | June 26, 2007
Top Critic

If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Compounded generously of music, dance, color, spectacle and a riotous abundance of Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen and Donald O'Connor on the screen, all elements in this rainbow program are carefuly contrived and guaranteed to...put you in a buttercup mood.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Watching Singin' in the Rain is an exuberant, magical experience -- a journey deep into the heart of feel-good territory.

Full Review… | March 6, 2003
Top Critic

Kelly's delight - not in his own movements, but in the sheer joy of being able to move - is contagious.

Full Review… | August 28, 2012

It's tough to fight the consensus that this is the greatest movie musical of all time (although, to be honest, I would place it second, just a hair below Top Hat), but what's often lost in the praise is that this also qualifies as a great comedy.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
Creative Loafing

Often considered the finest musical of all time.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

For humour and sheer energy, no musical betters Singin' In The Rain.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009

At the time, this film was treated as just another MGM musical but over the years it has gained in stature and is now considered as one of the best American films ever made--Read why.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007

Come rain or shine, the Hollywood musical never got any better than this rip-roaring Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly classic.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005

Mandatory viewing for even the casual moviegoer.

Full Review… | April 7, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The greatest musical ever!! A movie everyone should see over and over again. If it doesn't touch you, check your pulse.

December 7, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A big beautiful film! You can watch it 1000 times and still giggle!

November 9, 2003
Blunt Review

False picture of early talkie era is not nearly as good as its reputation.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hollywood's best musical

June 6, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

It is an improbable masterpiece; a film where everything just has that indistinguishable quality of fitting together.

Full Review… | December 24, 2002
Zertinet Movies

Among the jewels that Arthur Freed's musicals unit turned out at MGM in the '40s and '50s, Singin' in the Rain is the Hope diamond.

Full Review… | December 16, 2002
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Singin' in the Rain


Enjoyable, but uneven.

Full review coming to on 7/28

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

The classic of all classics when it comes to musicals. A wonderful film that is light, entertaining, very funny, with priceless dialogue and fantastic choreographies - and where even an out-of-place Broadway number is delightful enough to make us forgive it for being there.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

I can't say a bad word about this classic - in addition to making me smile the whole way through, it's a film about the film industry. Donald O'Connor nearly steals the show with his zany supporting role, and Gene Kelly is magical in the lead, walking that line between musical corny and believably sincere. The songs endure, and - perhaps the film's biggest surprise - the visuals are varied, and gigantic, and stunning. One for the ages, jam-packed with love and life and laughter. It's beautifully done.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Marvellous, wonderful, and awe-inspiring, this film does absolutely everything right. The characters are some of the most memorable in film history and the musical numbers will have you standing up, tapping your feet, and singing along to the amazing lyrics. The story revolves around a popular Hollywood actor who is falling in love with an up-and-coming star, during the era when sound was being introduced into film, and might I say, it is shown with brilliance and hilarity. The script for this film had me smiling the whole way through and the multiple camera angles that it pulls off is very surprising for it's time, and makes me appreciate it that much more! "Singing In The Rain" is a timeless classic that has now become one of my favourite films of all time.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Singin' in the Rain Quotes

Don Lockwood:
You've seen them once, you've seen them all.
– Submitted by Kristine E (2 years ago)
Cosmo Brown:
Talking pictures, that means I'm out of a job. At last I can start suffering and write that symphony.
R.F. Simpson:
You're not out of job, we're putting you in as head of our new music department.
Cosmo Brown:
Oh, thanks, R.F.! At last I can stop suffering and write that symphony.
– Submitted by Heidi H (2 years ago)
Cosmo Brown:
Make 'em laugh!
– Submitted by Joshua T (2 years ago)
R.F. Simpson:
Cosmo, remind me to give you a raise.
Cosmo Brown:
Uh, R. F.?
R.F. Simpson:
Cosmo Brown:
Give me a raise.
– Submitted by Scott K (2 years ago)
Don Lockwood:
Call me a cab.
Cosmo Brown:
Okay, you're a cab.
– Submitted by Scott K (2 years ago)
Don Lockwood:
Dignity. Always dignity.
– Submitted by Scott K (2 years ago)

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