The Band Wagon Reviews

March 17, 2018
Manic Minnelli, which isn't always for me.
September 16, 2015
Widely considered one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, Vincent Minnelli's "The Band Wagon" connects a jumble of comedic backstage Broadway shenanigans with mix-matched show tunes via Fred Astaire's impeccable dance routines.
April 11, 2015
Sorry, the beloved "Singin' in the Rain" isn't the finest of the legendary MGM musicals. "The Band Wagon'' has better music, better dances, better direction, more lavish sets and costumes and a wittier script (by the same writers).
March 4, 2015
While not as perceptive -- or hilarious -- as 1952's Singin' in the Rain in its skewering of backstage shenanigans among artists, it offers plenty of choice observations.
August 15, 2011
A fun musical with creative choreography, but far too little substance.
July 27, 2007
December 16, 2006
July 27, 2006
Minnelli's best musical is sparked by witty allusions to real-life showbiz persona like pretentious actor Jose Ferrer and birlliant but aging dancer Fred Astaire, the film's star, who shines when dancing, both with Cyd Charisse and alone.
April 18, 2005
On the whole it's one of the best musicals ever made.
March 23, 2005's hard to dislike something so cheerful and uplifting as this movie.
March 14, 2005
A love song for the narcissistic, and theater people are sure to eat up the film, commentary, extras, and first rate DVD packaging.
February 8, 2004
September 5, 2003
July 30, 2003
February 19, 2003
It has its moments and the stars are good, but it's really overrated.
July 29, 2002
"the undisputed highlight of Astaire's post-Rogers career"
January 1, 2000
If you like an old-fashioned Broadway musical, you can't go wrong with this one.
January 1, 2000
The musical becomes a frenetic meditation on pop art versus high art, coming down hard on the side of the former.