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Splendor in the Grass Reviews

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David Cornelius
March 27, 2010
A smug sneer toward all the squares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Time Out
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.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Watchable but not great.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 14, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Splendor in the Grass (1961) is another of director Elia Kazan's dramatic, hyperbolic films with daring and controversial content for its times - sexual repression
Greg Muskewitz
February 13, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 23, 2003
Probably Wood's finest hour
| Original Score: 5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 12, 2003
a sometimes-devastating portrait of youth culture on the brink
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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