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Rebel Without a Cause Reviews

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
April 18, 2014
Looks and sounds so good it makes your heart thump.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 14, 2014
A mighty, ageless jolt of teen petulance. Dean is supreme.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
August 20, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) is a pivotal film for many reasons - each as important as the next.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
June 8, 2010
1950s James Dean teen-rage landmark still resonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 6, 2009
This full-color, widescreen masterpiece gives us remarkable images.
Steve Crum
February 22, 2008
Fine generational drama-tragedy which helped give James Dean movie immortality.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
An unmissable film, made with a delirious compassion.

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
October 23, 2007
Here is a fairly exciting, suspenseful and provocative, if also occasionally far-fetched, melodrama of unhappy youth on another delinquency kick.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
August 6, 2006
Under Ray's dissecting eye, the suburban home itself becomes a battleground where parent and child must scream over each other to be heard
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
A fine script, dynamic direction, doomed romantic idealism and telling performances make this the most timeless of Ray's gripping, socially aware dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Dean's finest film, hardly surprisingly in that Ray was one of the great '50s directors.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2006
Like its hero, Rebel Without a Cause desperately wants to say something and doesn't know what it is. If it did know, it would lose its fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 9, 2006
Rebel shifts with the times
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
People like to say that Dean was nothing but a Marlon Brando imitation, but Marlon never looked this young, this perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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