East of Eden Reviews

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August 6, 2019
Book-based classic has violence, drinking, mature themes.
August 28, 2018
James Dean is decidedly the highlight of the film. His Method acting techniques and uninhibited performing style cause him to stand out among the more conventional cast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 2, 2007
Kazan had the bad sense to leave out the best parts from the lengthy book.
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.
September 17, 2006
February 17, 2006
James Dean's finest performance
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.
December 6, 2005
What could be a better way to spend two hours?
October 20, 2005
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
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."
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