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A Face in the Crowd Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
August 3, 2015
Griffith's hungry, lunging performance is a shock and a revelation to anyone who knows him primarily from The Andy Griffith Show or, God knows, Matlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 10, 2012
A fascinating early look at the unholy alliance between politics and entertainment, the corporations controlling it all. With Griffith's wild performance, even though the film has its flaws, it's worth viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Emanuel Levy
April 8, 2011
Another fruitful collaboartion between Kazan and Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront), a poignant film about celebrity, the mass media, and the political process.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 27, 2008
A Face in the Crowd has never ceased to be relevant.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 29, 2007
It's a biting 'rise and fall' satire, sending out a warning to watch out for legends created on the boob tube.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
November 1, 2007
A raw, penetrating, and terrifying portrait of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
What starts out as a seemingly liberal tract rapidly becomes a smug, cynical exercise in misanthropy.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 15, 2005
...an important cautionary tale for all of us not take everything we see and hear at face value.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Bezanson
May 13, 2005
Next time you feel like you're getting fooled again by a demagogue, rent this movie and get centered
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
December 31, 2004
Didactic but highly effective little black comedy from the folks who gave you 'On the Waterfront.' Andy Griffith is downright scary.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2003
The remarkable thing about A Face in the Crowd is the way in which this 50-year-old film only seems to become only more relevant with the passing of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 24, 2003
The first half of A Face in the Crowd is genuinely intriguing and competently handled by Kazan, but it quickly degenerates into moralizing diatribe.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This sizzling and cynical exposure... also presents Andy Griffith as the key figure in his first screen role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2002
A little overdone, but Neal and Remick are brilliant.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Andy Griffith, as a hick radio star modeled on Arthur Godfrey, delivers an astonishing, sinister performance in Elia Kazan's 1957 essay on media demagoguery.
Cole Smithey
December 12, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 28, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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