42nd Street
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This 1933 film is the best known of the Warner Brothers Depression-era musicals, though it doesn't compare in dash and extravagance to later entries in the cycle."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The careful building of the eye-level proscenium that's exploded by swooping cinematic music"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...the film that practically invented every backstage musical cliché we know today...remains a remarkable achievement for a film over seven decades old."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"One can't say enough good things about what Busby Berkeley did for the musical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Features] great Busby Berkeley production numbers."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The liveliest and one of the most tuneful screen musical comedies that has come out of Hollywood."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"A deliciously funny musical; racy and light years ahead of its time."
‑ Chris Laverty, Clothes on Film
"42nd Street may not be the best backstage musical ever made, but it's certainly the most enjoyable and durable in appeal--find out why."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The result is an absolute spectacular. Not to be missed."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Busby Berkeley choreography; Powell and Keeler plus all-star supporting cast. A Warner Bros. clasic musical, though campy by today's standards."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Of Golden Age musicals, 42nd Street is about as close to the archetype as they come."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The strength of a musical is its songs, and this film had a mixed bag."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Busby Berkeley's astonishing choreography is singularly cinematic and still astonishing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"The classic backstage musical, still great"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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