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On the Waterfront Reviews

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November 28, 2015
Overrated melodrama about the alleged wonders of informing.
July 28, 2017
This is one of the year's important films.
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
July 5, 2005
This movie has to be considered one of the very best of all time.
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 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
February 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
It is still possible to feel the power of the film and of Brando and Kazan, who changed American movie acting forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 25, 2002
One of the best acted efforts to come out of Hollywood during the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 26, 2010
Raises important issues about the nature of power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 28, 1954
This movie is all about Brando.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 11, 2005
The difference between pre- and post-1950s cinema - before and after Brando - is as pronounced as moving from black and white to color.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 1, 2002
What's most amazing is to realize that the most important moments of this is something that director Kazan allowed the actors to improvise. Some of the best scenes, including the "contender" scene is all from the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
March 30, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 9, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
May 23, 2003
Kazan's classic golden age drama remains a rousing and riveting piece of cinema for anyone who appreciates intriguing characterizations. This legendary story is more than just a hopeful contender.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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