West Side Story - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

West Side Story Reviews

Page 1 of 4
July 21, 2004
A tough, dated sit-thru. At least much of the music still sings.
| Original Score: 2/5
May 16, 2004
Sorry, West Side Story, but the years have not been kind.
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.
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.
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
October 15, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2004
It is a great movie ... in parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
It still represents a brave and effective fusion of serious and fantasy elements, and offers two and one-half hours of solid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 25, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 30, 2005
Ultimately, the songs, the dancing and the compelling story mostly make up for Beymer's miscasting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2003
Few movies are as universally addictive for foot-tapping and wrist-snapping as "West Side Story."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
January 14, 2003
Musicals simply don't get any better than this.
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
February 9, 2005
[This] is a world unlike any other, a phenomenal filmmaking achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
February 19, 2008
Technically stunning, with dazzling choreography matching an unforgettable score.
March 9, 2003
The aforementioned musical numbers have become showtune standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Page 1 of 4