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The Band Wagon Reviews

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Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
A fun musical with creative choreography, but far too little substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 18, 2005
On the whole it's one of the best musicals ever made.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 23, 2005's hard to dislike something so cheerful and uplifting as this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 19, 2003
It has its moments and the stars are good, but it's really overrated.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"the undisputed highlight of Astaire's post-Rogers career"
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The musical becomes a frenetic meditation on pop art versus high art, coming down hard on the side of the former.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
If you like an old-fashioned Broadway musical, you can't go wrong with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
July 27, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
December 16, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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