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On the Waterfront Reviews

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
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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.
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.
January 26, 2006
It's pretty electrifying.
March 3, 2005
You miss this, you're buyin' a one-way ticket to Palookaville.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 23, 2004
Indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished.
December 17, 2004
So when does it hit you that you're in the presence of movie greatness?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 2, 2004
It is thanks to Brando that this posthumous Popular Front classic is a heart-clutcher from beginning to end.
May 20, 2003
An uncommonly powerful, exciting and imaginative use of the screen by gifted professionals.
April 25, 2002
One of the best acted efforts to come out of Hollywood during the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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