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Sweet Bird of Youth Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 8, 2008
Offers little indication of what made the original play interesting (especially in Elia Kazan's stage production), despite the fact that Paul Newman and Geraldine Page are called on to reprise their original roles.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
This cynical, coruscating drama has a strong look of being contrived, and Mr. Brooks' happy ending for it is implausible and absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
April 8, 2008
All of Williams's Southern Gothic themes are intermingled here: violence, familial conflict, sexual neurosis, the mentality of the mob. Most of it comes across as overheated nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Brooks' direction seems a little too stolid for all the sleazy, flaming passions. These are, however, given full measure by an excellent cast.
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Variety Staff
April 8, 2008
It's a glossy, engrossing hunk of motion picture entertainment, slickly produced by Berman.
Christopher Null
May 6, 2006
The film gets a little bogged down in minutiae and irrelevant side plots, but on the whole it's solid and searing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Susan Granger
December 21, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark Bourne
May 7, 2006
When approaching 1962's Sweet Bird of Youth, go for the parts rather than the whole.... [T]he film is a long drive through swampy melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 10, 2006
Newman and Page elevate Williams' melodramatic romance.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
February 22, 2008
Strong cast (Newman, Page) in deeply dramatic Williams drama.
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
April 28, 2006
In 1962, the film was deemed audacious due to its handling of such taboo issues as drugs, abortion, and degeneracy, but it's a comromised work which deviates substantially from Tennessee Williams' play.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 11, 2006
There is no clearer face for the conflict and despondency of the decade of the sixties than Newman's magnificent bastards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 24, 2003
Newman began his splendid career on stage and returned triumphantly to Broadway to star in Williams' play about a gigolo with acting ambitions who attaches himself to an aging movie star.

Empire Magazine
April 8, 2008
Page and Newman are fantastic.
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