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West Side Story Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 24, 2013
for all of its silliness for today, is still an epic film
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 22, 2012
You have to admire the way every aspect of the film works toward the emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 29, 2011
West Side Story remains one of the best musicals of all-time.
Full Review | Original Score: 10
December 21, 2011
An extraordinary song and dance experience laced within a quotidian dramatic tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 11, 2011
A landmark screen musical that left its own indelible stamp on popular culture. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2011
Not seen it? Time you did.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 7, 2011
...the film's minor deficiencies [are] generally canceled out by its pervasive atmosphere of good-natured exuberance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 30, 2010
stands proudly alongside other musicals that retain their relevance
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
February 18, 2009
Unhappily, the film shares a serious flaw in the essential conception of the show; both are founded on a phony literary analogy and on some potentially vicious pseudo-sociology.
February 19, 2008
Bernstein's music, Sondheim's lyrics and Robbins's choreography are great, but as a movie it falls short of the truly inspired cinematic musicals.
February 19, 2008
Leonard Bernstein's rich, eloquent and demanding score is still a powerful experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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