West Side Story Reviews

February 15, 2019
For the superlative-minded, West Side Story is the most expensive musical film ever made. It's also one of the best.
January 24, 2018
Both Miss Wood and Miss Moreno are permitted to work up fine fervors in their acting, and they come through.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Leonard Bernstein's rich, eloquent and demanding score is still a powerful experience.
February 9, 2007
Decent 1961 adaptation of the Bernstein-Robbins musical, if you can handle Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in the leads.
January 26, 2006
How does the film -- which won ten Oscars on its 1961 release -- stand up now? Very well indeed.
August 23, 2005
It's the groundbreaking combination of toe-tapping tunes and wailing pathos, which makes this a truly arresting musical.
April 9, 2004
It is a great movie ... in parts.
February 4, 2004
The marvel is that the film still works so well.
May 20, 2003
What they have done with West Side Story in knocking it down and moving it from stage to screen is to reconstruct its fine material into nothing short of a cinema masterpiece.
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.