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Singin' in the Rain (1952)

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

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

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

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Hollywood, 1927: the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life the down-to-earth Lockwood can't stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), whom he met while escaping his screaming fans. Watching these intrigues from the sidelines is Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor), Don's best pal

Aug 27, 1997

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...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.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com
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One of the shining glories of the American musical.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A fancy package of musical entertainment with wide appeal and bright grossing prospects.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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
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Watching Singin' in the Rain is an exuberant, magical experience -- a journey deep into the heart of feel-good territory.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Kelly's delight - not in his own movements, but in the sheer joy of being able to move - is contagious.

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
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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.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Often considered the finest musical of all time.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Mandatory viewing for even the casual moviegoer.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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 | Comments (5)
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 | Comments (3)
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.

December 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
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.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Singin' in the Rain

Enjoyable, but uneven.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 7/28
July 20, 2013
spielberg00

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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.
November 24, 2012
blacksheepboy

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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.
October 19, 2012
danperry17

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.
September 2, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Don Lockwood: You've seen them once, you've seen them all.
    – Submitted by Kristine E (21 months ago)
    1. Cosmo Brown: Talking pictures, that means I'm out of a job. At last I can start suffering and write that symphony.
    2. R.F. Simpson: You're not out of job, we're putting you in as head of our new music department.
    3. Cosmo Brown: Oh, thanks, R.F.! At last I can stop suffering and write that symphony.
    – Submitted by Heidi H (21 months ago)
    1. Cosmo Brown: Make 'em laugh!
    – Submitted by Joshua T (23 months ago)
    1. R.F. Simpson: Cosmo, remind me to give you a raise.
    2. Cosmo Brown: Uh, R. F.?
    3. R.F. Simpson: Yes?
    4. Cosmo Brown: Give me a raise.
    – Submitted by Scott K (2 years ago)
    1. Don Lockwood: Call me a cab.
    2. Cosmo Brown: Okay, you're a cab.
    – Submitted by Scott K (2 years ago)
    1. Don Lockwood: Dignity. Always dignity.
    – Submitted by Scott K (2 years ago)
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