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A Face in the Crowd Reviews

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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.

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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2002
A little overdone, but Neal and Remick are brilliant.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Cole Smithey
December 12, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| 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
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
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 27, 2008
A Face in the Crowd has never ceased to be relevant.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 28, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
December 19, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 31, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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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.
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