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West Side Story Reviews

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Top Critic
Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
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.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 24, 2013
for all of its silliness for today, is still an epic film
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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.
Cole Smithey
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+
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
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
Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago
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
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
West Side Story remains one of the best musicals of all-time.
Full Review | Original Score: 10
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 21, 2011
An extraordinary song and dance experience laced within a quotidian dramatic tale.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 11, 2011
A landmark screen musical that left its own indelible stamp on popular culture. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
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David Jenkins
Time Out
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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

London Evening Standard
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
Neil Smith
Total Film
September 9, 2011
Not seen it? Time you did.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 30, 2010
stands proudly alongside other musicals that retain their relevance
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Bradshaw
February 19, 2008
Leonard Bernstein's rich, eloquent and demanding score is still a powerful experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fran Hortop
February 19, 2008
Technically stunning, with dazzling choreography matching an unforgettable score.
Susan Granger
April 6, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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