The Wild One Reviews

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March 17, 2020
In [director] Laslo Benedek the American cinema has an unusual talent, with a solidity and a spirit of humane inquiry which gives this film, in its faults as well as its virtues, a genuine and independent quality.
November 5, 2019
A violent, frightening and quite distasteful melodrama about a gang of hoodlum cyclists (led by Marlon Brando) who terrorize a sleepy town. Some of the acting is excellent.
January 25, 2018
Marlon Brando turns in a tremendously powerful performance as the inarticulate, frozen-faced, truculent outlaw who heads the gang of motorcycle hoodlums.
November 7, 2007
The first and best biker movie.
November 7, 2007
Legions of Brando impersonators have turned his performance in this seminal 1954 motorcycle movie into self-parody, but it's still a sleazy good time.
July 21, 2006
The film is outdated and its message overly stated, but in 1953, Brando's rebel unwittingly became a new screen hero and heralded the arrival of the Beat Generation.
January 26, 2006
Brando's biker seems disarmingly tame by comparison with the wild angels he spawned. Yet the film isn't half bad.
August 19, 2005
Risible and outdated.
May 16, 2005
December 3, 2004
Marlon Brando stars as the leader of a motorcycle gang who somewhat inadvertantly cause a great deal of trouble in a small town.
July 1, 2004
May 2, 2004
February 10, 2004
Ultimately The Wild One exploits and patronizes the bikers it depicts, and isn't the youth picture it is made out to be.
January 30, 2004
August 22, 2003
March 10, 2003
This Stanley Kramer-produced film is the original biker movie.
November 25, 2002
Once radical, still iconic, but so dated that it's funny.
October 4, 2002
September 26, 2002
On the whole, The Wild One is now mostly silly.
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