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East of Eden Reviews

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January 30, 2018
East of Eden deals with inner conflict; the entire story could be played out in a living room. Instead it sprawls all over the eye-filling landscape and the real action is padded ...
January 3, 2018
It's far from a dull movie, but it's certainly a very strange one; it's an enshrinement of the mixed-up kid.
November 28, 2015
Rich historical detail and good visuals make interesting film.
April 14, 2014
Catches fire in the clashes between Dean (as the bad brother) and Raymond Massey as his stiff-necked dad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2013
After testing various performers (including a newcomer named Paul Newman), Kazan went with the unknown Dean, a move that immediately yielded dividends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2011
a reaction to our plutocracy's values and a further case for Dean as the sainted figure of rebellion that would fuel the generational schism of the '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 29, 2009
East of Eden is set in 1917 but [James] Dean feels completely modern and contemporary, a boy not quite comfortable in his body.
March 20, 2008
Fine James Dean vehicle, one of few that put him into immortality.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 2, 2007
Kazan had the bad sense to leave out the best parts from the lengthy book.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 1, 2007
John Steinbeck's painful biblical allegory -- Genesis replayed in Monterey, California, circa 1917 -- is more palatable on the screen, thanks to the down-to-earth performances of James Dean as Cal/Cain and Richard Davalos as Aron/Abel.
February 17, 2006
James Dean's finest performance
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 26, 2006
It's a film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place.
December 6, 2005
Not only one of Kazan's richest films and Dean's first significant role, it is also arguably the actor's best performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2005
What could be a better way to spend two hours?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 18, 2005
Kazan's Biblical allegory has not held up well, but Dean's performance, for which he was Oscar-nominated posthumously, proves why he became a star after his very first film
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 17, 2005
... can be seen as one of the earliest examples of the enshrinement of the unregenerate, semi-nihilistic "attitude" that informed and in part created "rock 'n' roll."
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
June 29, 2005
the real reason that this film has any legs at all (and the ONLY reason that Warner Brothers has released the DVD) rests with James Dean
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 22, 2005
A classic of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 30, 2005
Dean's performance continues to resonant, still evoking today the same anger, anguish, and confusion of growing up that it did half a century ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 23, 2005
If you turn the sound down on East of Eden (and, by all means, do), you'll see why Dean is a legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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