The Misfits Reviews

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July 30, 2019
Like so many Hollywood films, this begins wonderfully and then the life slowly leaks out. Begins well because all is fresh, no mistakes have been made, brisk technique is in command; but when it has to grow up, it sogs.
Top Critic
March 21, 2018
Talent, controversy and accident have combined to make The Misfits an unusually interesting film if not an outstandingly good one.
January 18, 2018
Gable has never done anything better on the screen, nor has Miss Monroe. Gable's acting is vibrant and lusty, hers true to the character as written by Miller.
June 18, 2015
Against all odds, [Monroe] gives an extraordinary performance.
June 14, 2015
Looks even starker and more jarringly isolated today than it did in 1961.
June 12, 2015
John Huston's latter-day western exerts a doomy, morbid fascination that goes beyond what we see on the screen.
June 12, 2015
A gripping and messy ode to the collision of genres, time periods, and personalities.
June 11, 2015
Somehow the flat, arid Nevada landscape mirrors the characters' bleak existence and sets the overall mood of despair and depression.
June 11, 2015
The faces of Gable, Clift and Monroe together in closeup have a Mount Rushmore look to them.
June 11, 2015
What a multiple swansong and beautiful accident The Misfits is.
June 8, 2015
A problematic but provocative piece of work.
May 2, 2013
A glorious, brave, imperfect portrait of flawed people yearning for freedom and respect, but pulled by the primal urges of love, lust and pride to trap themselves in cages of their own crafting.
January 15, 2013
Marilyn Monroe, the Saint of Nevada Desert. When everything has been said about The Misfits, how bad the film is and all that, she still remains there, a new screen character, MM, the saint. And she haunts you, you'll not forget her.
August 3, 2012
Such a fantastic acting showcase that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that a top-shelf talent like John Huston directed.
June 17, 2011
The meanings of John Huston's disurbing deconstrcution of the the myth of the Old West have changed over the years due to the offscreen lives (and deaths) of the three stars: Gable, Monroe, Clift.
June 16, 2011
Deconstructs Hollywood's cowboy myth with a mythic Hollywood cast: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift. [Blu-ray]
May 13, 2011
It's clumsy at times, and amazingly lucid and potent at others.
February 23, 2008
March 31, 2006
Powerful character study by Arthur Miller, and a must-see due to Gable, Clift, and Monroe.
November 3, 2005
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