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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.
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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.
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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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
Limp, cheaply made.
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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
December 30, 2006
An unembarrassed movie musical, something my generation experienced only in Sunday-afternoon movies on TV.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Its flashy opportunism (nostalgia pitched squarely at an audience too young to even recall the era) quickly becomes very irritating.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Its sensibility is not tied to the past but to a free-wheeling, well informed, high-spirited present.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Just an average musical, pleasant and upbeat and plastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The friskiness of the performers, the choreography by Patricia Birch and most of all Travolta's phenomenal charm give it its value.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Grease seems kickier now than it did 20 years ago.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Entertainment Weekly
June 1, 1978
Full Review | Original Score: C