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Bye Bye Birdie Reviews

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August 1, 2015
Underrated satirical musical that has contributed more to popular culture than many people are aware of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2015
A wonderfully energetic and colourful adaptation of the smash Broadway hit, satirising the traumatic induction of one Elvis Presley into the US Army.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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August 1, 2015
[Bye Bye Birdie] had an apple-cheekiness about it on the stage that seems slightly worm-eaten on film, and the result is more goof than spoof.
August 1, 2015
Innocent-yet-sexy Ann-Margret is perfectly cast as the teenybopper, Van Dyke is winning in one of his few lead feature film roles, and Paul Lynde hilariously conveys a father's inability to understand teenagers and rock music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 29, 2015
Though it is spotty in both pace and execution, it is often both skillfully done and funny.
August 16, 2012
Anyone allergic to high-fructose corn syrup might do well to stay away, but the winking humor and musical gusto of this pop-artful camp standard-bearer still carry the day. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2011
For all its annoyances -- and there are many -- the film somehow sears its way into the mind's eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2010
Fun but dated musical will appeal to parents more than kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2009
Sit-com lite.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 26, 2009
Credit George Sidney with directing one of the better fun and frolic tune packages.
December 23, 2006
Very dated musical, but full of energy.
| Original Score: 3/5
June 24, 2006
This enjoyable timepiece is notable today for its peppy score, energetic dancing, and for having made a star of the extremely nubile Ann-Margret, 22 passing for 16. Her fresh, wholesome eroticism fairly bursts off the screen.
May 9, 2005
Unfortunately, Mr. Sidney and his scriptwriter, Irving Brecher, have allowed the essence of this spirited musical comedy of Michael Stewart to get away from them.
January 1, 2005
Further proof Van Dyke was a true showman.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
Matters get very complicated as a whole load of peripheral characters become mixed up in his plotting, but it makes little difference to this feelgood romp whose numbers are performed with gusto.
December 29, 2002
The cast saves this typical George Sidney tasteless mess.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2002
Of all the innocent and innocuous musicals of the 1960's, this goofy one is my favorite.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
George Sidney's tacky 1963 musical fantasy-satire about the Elvis craze, based on the Broadway show of the same title, isn't exactly good, but if you like what he does with Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, and pink decor, it's sort of magnificent.
July 1, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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