West Side Story Reviews

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December 2, 2019
A radiant and touching performance by Natalie Wood as a Puerto Rican beauty in a New York slum is only one of the many strong points of this superb musical drama...
July 31, 2019
Jerome Robbins' choreography was as good as the critics said it was, but I was bothered by its unresolved discord with the "real" story.
July 17, 2019
Robert Wise hits the mark in creating an interesting and dramatic environment, with ordinary observations about immigrants. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 15, 2019
For the superlative-minded, West Side Story is the most expensive musical film ever made. It's also one of the best.
January 24, 2018
Both Miss Wood and Miss Moreno are permitted to work up fine fervors in their acting, and they come through.
March 2, 2015
Natalie Wood, who was made a hit in the Kazan-Inge production of Splendor In the Grass and is the most promising young star of today, gives a fine dramatic performance.
January 27, 2014
Ten well-deserved Oscars -- plus a special award for Jerome Robbins's dynamic choreography -- adorned this electrifying and moving version of the magnificent Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim musical.
August 24, 2013
for all of its silliness for today, is still an epic film
February 20, 2013
West Side Story is a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical which, in its stark approach to a raging social problem and realism of unfoldment, may set a pattern for future musical presentations.
August 4, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Indisputably the greatest musical ever made, "West Side Story" (1961) has sadly proven socially timeless regarding America's eternally troubled immigrant experience.
April 22, 2012
Even though I had to play it for my high school choir, I was never a fan of the music. Everything else - the cinematography, choreography and story are all pretty stellar.
February 22, 2012
You have to admire the way every aspect of the film works toward the emotional impact.
December 29, 2011
West Side Story remains one of the best musicals of all-time.
December 21, 2011
An extraordinary song and dance experience laced within a quotidian dramatic tale.
December 11, 2011
A landmark screen musical that left its own indelible stamp on popular culture. [Blu-ray]
November 19, 2011
it is the heat of West Side Story's social and cultural conflicts that make it a pop-culture landmark unlike any other
November 16, 2011
Special mention, though, should go to Boris Leven's neo-expressionist production design and Daniel L Fapp's forceful cinematography: the crooked angles, pointed shadows and great swashes of red all heighten the mood of rabid fury.
November 16, 2011
Garish but compelling colour complements most of the songs in fine style.
September 16, 2011
It's impossible to begrudge the vertiginous energy and feeling that make this one of the great American musicals, and one radically told through dance.
September 16, 2011
This adaptation of the Broadway hit has only half the vitality of the stage show. But even that half renders it a classic.
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