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The Broadway Melody Reviews

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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
Zowie! What a picture! Humor, drama, romance, action, thrill! And how!
Witney Seibold
March 24, 2014
It should perhaps be remembered that many musicals contain darkness, deep cynicism, and even high tragedy.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
January 6, 2014
Although the audible devices worked exceedingly well in most instances, it is questionable whether it would not have been wiser to leave some of the voices to the imagination.
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TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
A tedious musical comedy embedded in a routine story like a fly in celluloid.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 11, 2008
The first musical and sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture creaks from old age.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sid Silverman
March 1, 2007
Excellent bits of sound workmanship are that of camera and mike following Page and the heavy along the dance floor to pick up their conversation as they glide.

TV Guide
December 12, 2006
First musical to win Academy Award reeks of mothballs, but is undeniably the basis of perhaps a hundred others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 5, 2006
Mediocre performances and poorly-constructed musical numbers are the low points in this modestly interesting all-talking, all-singing production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Bourne
April 7, 2006
...cinematic evolution long ago froze The Broadway Melody in Precambrian amber. But while the movie is hopelessly dated now, it was the bee's knees in its day.
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
The first musical to win the Oscar, Broadway Melody is a weak song-and-dance picture, but at the time the movie was so popular that it launched a whole series
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
June 14, 2005
It is abundantly clear that they had not yet figured out how to stage or shoot musical numbers for the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Cornelius
February 27, 2005
Its function as genre blueprint makes for quite the curiosity. More importantly, it also stands up quite well as a solid evening's entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
February 19, 2005
Mainly a curiosity for film buffs who want to see how musicals erupted in the early days of the talkie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 14, 2005
Without taking the historical context into account it would be impossible to imagine that it won the Best Picture award. It surely must be the most frivolous film to ever hold that honor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2005
The Broadway Melody won the Academy Award for the best picture of 1929, but I am at a total loss to explain how or why.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 12, 2004
Interesting only as an early sound curio.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 2, 2003
It's dated, sexist (get a load of the ending!!!), and technically quite inept.
| Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
The Broadway Melody's snarky, wiseacre humor and effervescent charm save it from being completely dated, though the dance production numbers -- pure padding, all -- may try your patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The staging is wooden, the story insipid, and the dialogue sequences mostly painful, but the film's integration of song, dance, and story was a clear narrative advance over the music pictures being released by Warner Brothers and Fox.
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James Berardinelli
February 1, 1929
The Broadway Melody has not stood the test of time in ways that many of its more artistic contemporaries have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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