East of Eden Reviews

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 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.
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.
May 20, 2003
In short, there is energy and intensity but little clarity and emotion in this film. It is like a great, green iceberg: mammoth and imposing but very cold.