A Streetcar Named Desire Reviews

February 10, 2020
Elia Kazan's claustrophobic close-ups do a fine job of recreating the intensity of the stage.
August 7, 2019
Some movie goers will be bored by its unlovely subject and wealth of talk, but others will admire it as an excursion into art.
January 3, 2018
Vivien Leigh gives one of those rare performances that can truly be said to evoke pity and terror.
February 10, 2012
Epic performances in a movie that seethes with atmosphere.
November 14, 2008
The blistering sexual repression is the entire point of the 1950s. Quite simply, fabulous.
November 14, 2008
The film is perhaps best regarded as an intelligent and engaged recreation of the original Broadway experience, in which Jessica Tandy first played the role. There's no denying the awful horror and pity of the final scene.
November 14, 2008
it's a close-to-definitive example of how to make a great play work on film, for all the very slight air of Hollywood compromise.
November 14, 2008
There's an inevitable staginess to Tennessee Williams' devastating portrait of delusion and cruelty, but director Elia Kazan catches the squalid, claustrophobic atmosphere of a New Orleans tenement just right.
June 28, 2007
...if the hothouse style was ever justified, this is the occasion.
February 9, 2006
...Kazan achieves a sort of theatrical intensity in which the sweaty realism sometimes clashes awkwardly with the stylisation that heightens the dialogue into a kind of poetry.
June 26, 2003
May 20, 2003
Inner torments are seldom projected with such sensitivity and clarity on the screen.
February 13, 2001
The camera has done greater justice to the Williams play, catching the nuances and reflected tragedy with an intimacy that is so vital in a story of this type.
January 1, 2000
Despite the overwhelming power of Brando's performance, Streetcar is one of the great ensemble pieces in the movies.
January 1, 2000
A wonderful screen drama.
January 1, 2000
Brando's performance as Stanley is one of those rare screen legends that are all they're cracked up to be.