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West Side Story Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2004
A tough, dated sit-thru. At least much of the music still sings.
| Original Score: 2/5
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
May 16, 2004
Sorry, West Side Story, but the years have not been kind.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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.
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TIME Magazine
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.
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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 9, 2004
It is a great movie ... in parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
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
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 14, 2003
Musicals simply don't get any better than this.
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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+
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 9, 2005
[This] is a world unlike any other, a phenomenal filmmaking achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Fran Hortop
Film4
February 19, 2008
Technically stunning, with dazzling choreography matching an unforgettable score.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 9, 2003
The aforementioned musical numbers have become showtune standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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