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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
January 25, 2016
Howard Hawks adds sly sexual insinuation to the blatantly sexual antics of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in this scintillating 1953 adaptation of the stage musical based on Anita Loos's novel.
Grace Montgomery
Common Sense Media
July 26, 2014
Classic musical romp with dated premise is silly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 1, 2012
An unusually perfect marriage of star, scenario, dialogue, director, and music.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 17, 2012
Howard Hawks' joyous musical comedy of 1953 is the film that catapulted Marilyn Monroe to major stardom and iconic status as sex symbol.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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TIME Magazine
January 26, 2011
For all the three-dimensional attractions of its two leading ladies, this is a rather flat cinemusical.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
August 5, 2010
There is not one single moment when these characters, or this rightful classic, wear out their welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
August 4, 2010
You won't find a more elegant take on '50s va-va-voom vulgarity or a more joyous paean to the cheesecake self-empowerment of two little girls from Little Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 3, 2010
There's more warmth in [Russell's] fondly bemused looks at Monroe, whose friendship is a front-row ticket to the best show in town.
Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine
August 1, 2010
If there's a single film that could shatter Laura Mulvey's theory of the "male gaze" it's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 26, 2010
If camp comedy capering (don't call it a social satire!) isn't your thing, it's worth the ticket to see Monroe's iconic and flawlessly choreographed performance of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (TM): a perfect four minutes of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
February 26, 2010
Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell melt the screen as the two little girls from Little Rock seeking Mr Right (or at least Mr Right(TM)s bank account). It(TM)s enjoyable, escapist fluff, with a killer finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 26, 2010
Those two faces are incredible in juxtaposition: Russell is worldly, amused, intensely in touch: Monroe is sublimely unfocused and beatific. A joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 26, 2010
This 1953 Howard Hawks film, a lightweight but agreeable adaptation of Anita Loos‚(TM)s acid novel and play, is mainly notable for cementing Marilyn Monroe‚(TM)s public image of breathy, faux-innocent sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
February 26, 2010
Monroe shines in the superbly photographed and choreographed production numbers, most notably Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Walsh
Independent (UK)
February 26, 2010
A sparkling new print of Howard Hawks's 1953 musical comedy, which paired Monroe and Russell at their spangled, curvaceous, lipsticky best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record (UK)
February 26, 2010
One of the most charming, entertaining and colourful musicals of the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 10, 2008
There was something missing from this ironical musical and it wasn't from the star performers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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William Brogdon
Variety
May 13, 2008
A strong play to the sophisticated dialog and situations is given by Howard Hawks' direction and he maintains the racy air that brings the musical off excellently at a pace that helps cloak the fact that it's rather lightweight, but sexy, stuff.

TV Guide
May 13, 2008
Garish good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 13, 2008
One of the most charming, entertaining musicals of the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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