Splendor in the Grass Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 19, 2010
This romantic sudser is darker than those of its day, as it shockingly deals with matters Hollywood had previously kept under wraps.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
March 2, 2009
Splendor in the Grass is a prestigious, top-of-the-line, sensitively-handled melodramatic literalization of the axiom "If you touch yourself too much, you'll go crazy."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 1, 2007
Youth exploitation pictures were all the rage at the time, and while this is better than some in execution and intent, it's still exactly that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
January 31, 2007
One of Kazan's two or three mastrpieces, this powerful small-town film examines growing pains, respressed sexuality, and social hypocrisy, featuring Warren Beatty, in an astonishing screen debut, and Natalie Wood, at their very best.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 12, 2003
a sometimes-devastating portrait of youth culture on the brink
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 23, 2003
Probably Wood's finest hour
| Original Score: 5/5
Greg Muskewitz
February 13, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Splendor in the Grass (1961) is another of director Elia Kazan's dramatic, hyperbolic films with daring and controversial content for its times - sexual repression
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Watchable but not great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
March 27, 2010
A smug sneer toward all the squares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
A complicated film that never really successfully yokes together the themes of money-making and sexuality, it reveals both Kazan's operatic sensibility and his inability to follow an argument rigorously through.
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March 26, 2009
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003

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