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The Misfits Reviews

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
June 18, 2015
Against all odds, [Monroe] gives an extraordinary performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
June 14, 2015
Looks even starker and more jarringly isolated today than it did in 1961.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
June 12, 2015
John Huston's latter-day western exerts a doomy, morbid fascination that goes beyond what we see on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
June 12, 2015
A gripping and messy ode to the collision of genres, time periods, and personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
June 11, 2015
Somehow the flat, arid Nevada landscape mirrors the characters' bleak existence and sets the overall mood of despair and depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
June 11, 2015
The faces of Gable, Clift and Monroe together in closeup have a Mount Rushmore look to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 11, 2015
What a multiple swansong and beautiful accident The Misfits is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 8, 2015
A problematic but provocative piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonas Mekas
Village Voice
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 8, 2012
Gable is a tender, stoic hand at the end of the line, and Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter add pungent support.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 16, 2011
Deconstructs Hollywood's cowboy myth with a mythic Hollywood cast: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 13, 2011
It's clumsy at times, and amazingly lucid and potent at others.
Steve Crum
March 31, 2006
Powerful character study by Arthur Miller, and a must-see due to Gable, Clift, and Monroe.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 28, 2001
A brave deconstruction of the Wild West's mythos, as well as a searing study of the lingering death of the American Dream.
Read More | Original Score: 82/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The Misfits is about some modern day Reno denizens who have trouble fitting into society...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
The Misfits (1961) is a poignant drama - the final, haunting film for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
Cole Smithey
February 23, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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