West Side Story Reviews

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August 7, 2011
...the film's minor deficiencies [are] generally canceled out by its pervasive atmosphere of good-natured exuberance.
November 30, 2010
stands proudly alongside other musicals that retain their relevance
February 19, 2008
Leonard Bernstein's rich, eloquent and demanding score is still a powerful experience.
February 19, 2008
Technically stunning, with dazzling choreography matching an unforgettable score.
April 6, 2007
February 9, 2007
Decent 1961 adaptation of the Bernstein-Robbins musical, if you can handle Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in the leads.
December 13, 2006
When it's good, very good; when it's bad, a stinker.
November 15, 2006
An energetic and vibrant musical that modernizes the Romeo and Juliet story ably and with great passion.
July 21, 2006
One of the most effective musical movies, due to its Shakespearean inspiration, Robbins' exciting dances, Bernstein's exquisite score, and Sondheim's witty lyrics.
January 26, 2006
How does the film -- which won ten Oscars on its 1961 release -- stand up now? Very well indeed.
October 25, 2005
September 30, 2005
Ultimately, the songs, the dancing and the compelling story mostly make up for Beymer's miscasting.
August 25, 2005
August 23, 2005
It's the groundbreaking combination of toe-tapping tunes and wailing pathos, which makes this a truly arresting musical.
May 28, 2005
Memorable, brilliant, influential stage-to-screen musical.
February 9, 2005
[This] is a world unlike any other, a phenomenal filmmaking achievement.
April 14, 2004
A wonderful dancy film! Corny-but GREAT.
April 9, 2004
It is a great movie ... in parts.
April 7, 2004
Verrrry cheesy, but you probably knew that going in, so what the hey.
February 4, 2004
The marvel is that the film still works so well.
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