The Crowd Reviews

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December 15, 2014
Vidor, playing to that crowd, sternly warns against going it alone.
August 12, 2014
In this powerful silent drama from director King Vidor, James Murray gives a superlative performance as an idealistic young man trapped in a dead-end job whose ambitions are dogged by tragedy.
May 9, 2014
A truly great work of art: a one-of-a-kind blend of domestic drama and a depiction of urban geometry.
September 11, 2013
The Crowd is a masterpiece - moving, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. It's a must for anyone interested in the roots of moviemaking, and it's a good choice to show to someone who thinks they wouldn't like silent films.
February 26, 2013
A remarkably prescient picture.
February 26, 2013
The camera style owes something to Murnau, but the sense of space -- the vast environments that define and attack his protagonists -- is Vidor's own.
June 10, 2011
King Vidor made a visually striking, influential feature about ordinary people and their anonymous, impersonal lives in the Big City
July 5, 2010
Occasionally pushes its patriotism motif too far, but is extremely successful in all other ways, particularly in its strong portrayal of a full circle self-realization, love story, and sweeping portrait of America.
May 22, 2007
Casts a dark shadow over the American Dream.
February 25, 2007
Plot in The Crowd is structured as the progression of a life, with all the undulations of ups and downs driven by the director's faith in human emotion.
March 25, 2006
Throughout this subject Mr. Vidor shrewdly avoids the stereotyped conception of setting forth scenes, and in more than one case he uses his camera in an inspired fashion.
February 9, 2006
The performances are absolutely flawless, and astonishing location work in the busy New York streets (including a giddy tour of Coney Island on a blind date) lends a gritty ring of truth to his intensely human odyssey.
April 19, 2005
A stalwart repository for many of the themes and images of German Expressionism.
January 28, 2005
my favorite silent film: poetically told with dazzling direction
July 11, 2004
Vidor's picture of the city is still impressive after all these years.
February 27, 2004
Remarkably meshing 1920s screen Expressionism with location shooting, Vidor created a bittersweet parable on 20th century urban America...
August 22, 2003
June 17, 2003
This is King Vidor's silent masterpiece, in which he turns a cynical eye towards the embodiment of the American Dream.
September 3, 2002
January 1, 2000
The Crowd (1928) is a genuine, immortal, timeless American silent film masterpiece from director King Vidor,
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