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An American in Paris Reviews

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Witney Seibold
February 22, 2015
It's hard not to be charmed by Gene Kelly's featherweight smiles and amazing dancing. But the film as a whole is -- and let no one contradict me on this -- a complete trifle.
Josh Larsen
June 4, 2013
...its defining trait is insistence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Greg Muskewitz
August 26, 2002
The balance, otherwise seen as the song and dance, manage to come along at the most inopportune times, and wear out their welcome at an excessively rapid rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
Inspired by the late George Gershwin's impressionistic musical suite of the same name, the picture is one of the finest musicals Hollywood has ever produced.
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Unforgettable musical is great for parents and kids alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
February 3, 2014
It still looks pretty good today, with marvellous Technicolored design, athletic dancing from Kelly and a superb Gershwin score, but some sequences have dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
February 22, 2015
One of the great MGM musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The real reasons to see An American in Paris are for the Kelly dance sequences, the closing ballet, the Gershwin songs, the bright locations, and a few moments of the ineffable, always curiously sad charm of Oscar Levant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 25, 2011
Gene Kelly remains one of the best and brightest of the Golden Era musical stars and An American in Paris shows him in fine form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Szymanski
October 25, 2002
If you can't fall in love with Leslie Caron in this, then you simply cannot fall in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
A truly splendid musical ... and I'm not even a big fan of these things!
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 22, 2015
Imperfect, then, but intermittently awe-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
May 10, 2009
George Guetary's singing scenes should have been left on the cutting room floor, but Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron are mesmerizing, and Oscar Levant is amusing as Jerry's piano playing buddy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
The An American in Paris ballet is a work of delirious filmmaking, jumping and dissolving from space to space, swirling around an area, dancers entering and leaving the frame in surprising ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Cornelius
February 23, 2005
It is both comfortable entertainment and eye-popping cinema, with its dream ballet acting as a showcase for what the movie musical can really do.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
February 19, 2008
One of the most imaginative musical confections turned out by Hollywood in years.
Fran Hortop
February 19, 2008
It's a simple love story, but also a celebration of dance, music and art, embodied in the somewhat synthetic notion of Paris as the spiritual home of the arts, and the painterly aesthetic of the film as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Mottram
Total Film
October 28, 2011
It's up there with the very best of Hollywood hoofers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A musical both ludicrously overpraised (especially in Hollywood) and underrated.
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