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On the Waterfront Reviews

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May 13, 2016
[Boris Kaufman's] neo-realistic style is a perfect match for Waterfront's gritty story... and the film was well served by the 36 days the cast and crew spent shooting in and around the Hoboken waterfront.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 28, 2015
Overrated melodrama about the alleged wonders of informing.
February 22, 2015
Kazan over-emphasized the last sequence in the film, but on the whole, his fine direction shows in the strength and power of the dramatic action on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 12, 2014
On the surface it's an extremely well-crafted and entertaining drama, but peel away some layers and you'll discover an apologia for informing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 7, 2013
A powerful watch, thanks largely to an incredible cast, Leonard Bernstein's strong score, and a handful of iconic scenes, none better than the moving "I coulda been a contender" sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 26, 2013
a watershed moment in cinema history; it remains one of the greatest films of the 1950s
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 15, 2013
An astounding drama that's still a contender almost 50 years on.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 12, 2013
Allow me to suggest On the Waterfront is one such 'classic' that holds up; a declaration that deserves only one, dismissive response: "No duh."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 23, 2012
Add the acting/writing heroics a restrained score by Leonard Bernstein and a striking, charcoal look by cinematographer Boris Kaufman, and you have an elegiac portrait of labour relations that feels like a kick in the slats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 26, 2010
Raises important issues about the nature of power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 6, 2010
A strong morality tale about corruption and redemption, On the Waterfront is a timeless classic that features two masters at the top of their craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
February 18, 2009
On the Waterfront has a script that is a work of love and shows it.
January 30, 2008
Under Elia Kazan's direction, Marlon Brando puts on a spectacular show, giving a fascinating, multi-faceted performance as the uneducated dock walloper and former pug, who is basically a softie with a special affection for his rooftop covey of pigeons.
November 1, 2007
Elia Kazan's seminal American classic.
December 12, 2006
It's hard to deny that Marlon Brando's performance as a dock worker and ex-fighter who finally decides to rat on his gangster brother (Rod Steiger) is pretty terrific.
November 8, 2006
Marlon Brando is outstanding as a former boxing champ torn between family and duty in the magnificent On the Waterfront
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 15, 2006
The film is shot on location in black-and-white, semi-docu style, which suits the realistic subject and commonplace characters, particularly Terry Malloy, the passive dock worker forced to become a crusader-fighter, splendidly played by Brando.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 26, 2006
It's pretty electrifying.
July 5, 2005
This movie has to be considered one of the very best of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 27, 2005
Do the politics make it bad? Not at all. It's a fictional story, not a soapbox.
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