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"Grease," said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word." Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz '50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their "Summer Nights" falling in love, but once fall comes, it's back to Rydell High and its cliques. As one of the bad-boy T-Birds, Danny has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The screenplay is a prepubescent shambles, the direction is by acne out of disposable douches, the dubbing and looping of the songs is painfully obvious, the characterizations are generally repulsive and the whole thing is utterly without style."
‑ John L. Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Grease has got it, from the outstanding animated titles of John Wilson all the way through the rousing finale as John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John ride off into teenage happiness."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Anonymous and semi-competent filmmaking with no real personality, pepped up by the fake energy."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A film that's immortal for its unbridled enthusiasm and top notch production that makes it arguably the best musical ever made..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...comes to life when Travolta and company are singing and dancing."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Travolta is a riot. Alternately swaggering to prove his "coolness" and re-affirming his ability on the dance floor, the actor gives the kind of performance that's perfect for the role."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Limp, cheaply made."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A dumb but lively rock musical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the most commercially successful transfers of a Broadway musical to the big screen, Grease is not a great movie but it's a lot of fun to watch and listen due to superlative cast."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Randal Kleiser's 1978 musical, set in the Fifties, has some horrible acting but the kind of exuberance that has made it a cult classic."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Grease holds up for new generations because it captures the enthusiasm of youth and the vibrancy of California's sunshine-and-cars culture."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"An unembarrassed movie musical, something my generation experienced only in Sunday-afternoon movies on TV."
‑ Julie Hinds, San Jose Mercury News
"I love the film's energy. I love the movie-star charisma of John Travolta in the lead. I love the "am I doing this right?" hesitancy of much of Olivia Newton-John's performance. I love the fact that the film is so unapologetically filthy."
‑ Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"Problematic but ultimately irresistible adaptation of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's hit Broadway musical. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"There's a surprising strain of filth, too - this is much closer to Hairspray than High School Musical. The message is: burn rubber, have sex, strut about like a chicken. It's one that's hard to resist."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
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