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Grease Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 16, 2016
It has no kind of focus in atmosphere or tone, it doesn't even have a look. It's just sort of floating insult, shopping for a subject to light on.
Derek Malcolm
September 14, 2015
A grave disappointment to anyone in search of style or substance.
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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
June 16, 2015
What makes it work is its youthful vitality, the tremendous energy and imagination expended on its virtually wall-to-wall song and dance number.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 25, 2014
Anonymous and semi-competent filmmaking with no real personality, pepped up by the fake energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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John L. Wasserman
San Francisco Chronicle
March 15, 2013
The screenplay is a prepubescent shambles, the direction is by acne out of disposable douches, the dubbing and looping of the songs is painfully obvious, the characterizations are generally repulsive and the whole thing is utterly without style.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 27, 2010
A dumb but lively rock musical.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Drew McWeeny
June 28, 2010
I love the film's energy. I love the movie-star charisma of John Travolta in the lead. I love the "am I doing this right?" hesitancy of much of Olivia Newton-John's performance. I love the fact that the film is so unapologetically filthy.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 21, 2010
A film that's immortal for its unbridled enthusiasm and top notch production that makes it arguably the best musical ever made...
Emanuel Levy
September 25, 2009
One of the most commercially successful transfers of a Broadway musical to the big screen, Grease is not a great movie but it's a lot of fun to watch and listen due to superlative cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 25, 2009
Problematic but ultimately irresistible adaptation of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's hit Broadway musical. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 2, 2009
...comes to life when Travolta and company are singing and dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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James Berardinelli
April 30, 2009
Travolta is a riot. Alternately swaggering to prove his "coolness" and re-affirming his ability on the dance floor, the actor gives the kind of performance that's perfect for the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 30, 2008
Grease holds up for new generations because it captures the enthusiasm of youth and the vibrancy of California's sunshine-and-cars culture.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 26, 2008
Randal Kleiser's 1978 musical, set in the Fifties, has some horrible acting but the kind of exuberance that has made it a cult classic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Shoard
September 26, 2008
There's a surprising strain of filth, too - this is much closer to Hairspray than High School Musical. The message is: burn rubber, have sex, strut about like a chicken. It's one that's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
September 26, 2008
Much-loved but somewhat overrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Reynolds
March 3, 2008
Travolta and Newton-John burn up the screen with all the passion of a potato salad while occasionally singing a song you know all the words to because they play it every week in small-town nightclubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2007
Grease has got it, from the outstanding animated titles of John Wilson all the way through the rousing finale as John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John ride off into teenage happiness.

TV Guide
July 18, 2007
Good, clean, high-spirited fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
Limp, cheaply made.
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