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Bye Bye Birdie Reviews

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
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
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
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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TIME Magazine
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.

TV Guide
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
Moira Walsh
America Magazine
July 29, 2015
Though it is spotty in both pace and execution, it is often both skillfully done and funny.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
August 24, 2010
Fun but dated musical will appeal to parents more than kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 15, 2009
Sit-com lite.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Credit George Sidney with directing one of the better fun and frolic tune packages.
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
December 23, 2006
Very dated musical, but full of energy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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DH Joseph
Time Out
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.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
Further proof Van Dyke was a true showman.
| 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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 29, 2002
The cast saves this typical George Sidney tasteless mess.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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