Splendor in the Grass Reviews

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July 31, 2019
If Splendor in the Grass is the truth, simple or complex, about men and women, then I've been living in a fool's paradise for fifty-five years.
June 28, 2019
With his ripe lips, flirty eyes, and pre-Calvin Klein-era androgynous appeal, the 24-year-old Warren is utterly believable as a boy who drives Natalie Wood plumb insane with sexual frustration in William Inge's overheated melodrama.
March 4, 2019
An excellent critique of a specific historical moment in US history and reveals the flaws that were present in its belief system.
March 4, 2019
The psychology may be simplistic, but the powerful portrayals from the cast - especially from Beatty - make that weakness seem like an irrelevance.
March 4, 2019
Classic of repressed teenage sexuality.
June 19, 2010
This romantic sudser is darker than those of its day, as it shockingly deals with matters Hollywood had previously kept under wraps.
March 27, 2010
A smug sneer toward all the squares.
March 26, 2009
There is something awkward about the picture's mechanical rhythm. There are missing links and blind alleys within the story.
March 2, 2009
Splendor in the Grass is a prestigious, top-of-the-line, sensitively-handled melodramatic literalization of the axiom "If you touch yourself too much, you'll go crazy."
November 1, 2007
Youth exploitation pictures were all the rage at the time, and while this is better than some in execution and intent, it's still exactly that.
January 31, 2007
One of Kazan's two or three mastrpieces, this powerful small-town film examines growing pains, respressed sexuality, and social hypocrisy, featuring Warren Beatty, in an astonishing screen debut, and Natalie Wood, at their very best.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
A complicated film that never really successfully yokes together the themes of money-making and sexuality, it reveals both Kazan's operatic sensibility and his inability to follow an argument rigorously through.
February 7, 2005
May 14, 2004
July 12, 2003
a sometimes-devastating portrait of youth culture on the brink
May 20, 2003
The authority and eloquence of the theme emerge in the honest, sensitive acting of Mr. Beatty and Miss Wood.
January 23, 2003
Probably Wood's finest hour
February 13, 2001
February 13, 2001
Like nobody else, Kazan succeeded in capturing the overheated, self-pitying dramatization so near and dear to the teenage heart.
January 1, 2000
Watchable but not great.
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