Rebel Without a Cause Reviews

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February 8, 2021
...an overwrought, unconvincing endeavor...
February 1, 2021
No other director knows how to give his characters so clearly the air of having a common genealogy. They are marked with the seal of the same fate, the same moral or physical disease that is not quite taint or decay.
August 23, 2020
To audiences who don't immediately connect with the rebellion and delinquency, the film becomes little more than an annoyingly blatant message about teenage defiance.
October 30, 2018
Possum's evocation of wrongness, that unbalancing feeling that something is off -- if only you could put your finger on it -- lingers long.
October 30, 2018
It contains some extraordinarily good acting by the late James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. The direction by Nicholas Ray is outstanding... This is a superficial treatment of a vital problem that has been staged brilliantly.
December 31, 2017
With his slicked-up quiff, turned-up jeans and revved-up attitude, Dean instantly achieved icon status.
April 18, 2014
Looks and sounds so good it makes your heart thump.
April 14, 2014
Nicholas Ray's 1955 film extends sympathy to all its characters, not just the kids, though the central trio of Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo focus our emotions.
April 14, 2014
A mighty, ageless jolt of teen petulance. Dean is supreme.
November 6, 2013
A superb study of teenage angst that still retains its power despite the number of inferior rip-offs that followed in its wake.
August 20, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) is a pivotal film for many reasons - each as important as the next.
June 8, 2010
1950s James Dean teen-rage landmark still resonates.
March 6, 2009
This full-color, widescreen masterpiece gives us remarkable images.
February 22, 2008
Fine generational drama-tragedy which helped give James Dean movie immortality.
October 23, 2007
The drama and hepcat dialogue feel clunky now, but the movie's plea for dads to talk to their children -- what we now call emotional literacy -- is valid enough.
October 23, 2007
For all its faults this is still the teen angst melodrama to end them all, and Dean's performance established him as an icon, a legend and a myth.
October 23, 2007
An unmissable film, made with a delirious compassion.
October 23, 2007
In this powerful study of juvenile violence, Dean is riveting as a teenager groping for love from a society he finds alien and oppressive.
October 23, 2007
Here is a fairly exciting, suspenseful and provocative, if also occasionally far-fetched, melodrama of unhappy youth on another delinquency kick.
June 17, 2007
If ever a film was haunted, it's "Rebel Without a Cause," which burns as a bright memorial for stars James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.
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