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The Broadway Melody Reviews

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February 17, 2015
Zowie! What a picture! Humor, drama, romance, action, thrill! And how!
March 24, 2014
It should perhaps be remembered that many musicals contain darkness, deep cynicism, and even high tragedy.
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.
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.
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
February 12, 2004
Interesting only as an early sound curio.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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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February 17, 2009
A tedious musical comedy embedded in a routine story like a fly in celluloid.
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+
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
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
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+
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
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
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
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.
July 2, 2003
It's dated, sexist (get a load of the ending!!!), and technically quite inept.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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