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A Place in the Sun Reviews

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Evan Williams
The Australian
June 27, 2014
One of the great studio dramas of the period and one of this column's favourite films, with haunting performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
February 4, 2013
Most of Dreiser's acrid social satire is smoothed away by Stevens' grandiose style, and it's all too stately to be affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 3, 2013
George Stevens's meticulously observed 1951 version of Theodore Dreiser's massive 1925 novel An American Tragedy ...
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 1, 2013
Montgomery Clift's performance as upward-striving pauper George Eastman is a career peak, and Elizabeth Taylor is a gleaming paragon as his high-society paramour.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 1, 2013
Stevens's unsentimental characterisation and the pair's fine performances make this one of Clift's most memorable films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 31, 2013
Gripping from first to last.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
January 31, 2013
Clift's mesmerising, tragic performance only deepens with time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
The power of A Place in the Sun's plot, and its most noirish element, is its ability to force the viewer to unquestioningly follow this dream logic.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 3, 2008
Though not as powerful as Von Sternberg's first version, it still merits attention for the strong perfromances of Clift, Taylor, and Shelley Winters--and that mega clos-up of a kiss, which broke records of erotic imagery at the time.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
November 13, 2007
Dreiser's story was first filmed in 1931 by Josef von Sternberg in a much starker, more realistic manner. This version is almost cartoony by comparison.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 13, 2007
A good example of the kind of soporific nonsense that won rave reviews and armloads of Academy Awards back in the 50s, while the finest work of Ford, Hawks, and Hitchcock was being ignored.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 13, 2007
Hopelessly inadequate as a reading of Dreiser's great novel, and as usual Stevens seems too preoccupied with the story's monumentality to have much curiosity about its characters.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Typically slow and stately in the later Stevens manner.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 7, 2006
Um melodrama moralista que só sobrevive graças ao desempenho torturado de Clift, à obsessão pateticamente comovente de Winters e à beleza de Taylor.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 19, 2006
Far less powerful than the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 5, 2003
The classic tragedy, in classic form.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
November 5, 2003
A compelling, troubling film.
| Original Score: 84/100
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 19, 2002
A timesless treasure. Taylor is at her most beautiful, Clift is at the top of his form and Shelley Winters is great in one of her earliest big parts.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
A Place in the Sun (1951), a melodramatic film adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's lengthy, best-selling 1925 novel, An American Tragedy, was also
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 12, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
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