Marty
Marty (1955)

In this film, Ernest Borgnine stars as a lonely, kind-hearted Bronx bachelor who works as a butcher and still lives with his widowed mother. Marty meets an unattractive teacher named Clara whose own dull life is a mirror image of his;… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Scriptwriter Paddy Chayefsky's solid dialogue is bolstered by strong performances from Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair in this appealingly low-key character study.

TIME Magazine

Ernest Borgnine as Marty lives up to all the promise he showed as the sadist in From Here to Eternity, and at the same time brilliantly shatters the type-cast he molded for himself in that picture.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It does have doggy charm and a certain perceptiveness.

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Empire Magazine

Enormously influential, it spawned Hollywood's interest in smaller scale, prosaic dramas, few of which failed to match its resonance.

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Ronald Holloway
Variety

It's a warm, human, sometimes sentimental and an enjoyable experience.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A warm and winning film, full of the sort of candid comment on plain, drab people that seldom reaches the screen.

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Film4

Chayevsky's TV drama transferred effortlessly to cinema.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Paddy Chayevsky's script, adapted from his own TV play, shows his flair for dialogue at its best, and the film manages to be touching, if minor.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Audiences used to seeing Borgnine in more menacing roles in films such as From Here to Eternity and Bad Day at Black Rock warmed to his sympathetic portrayal of the Bronx butcher with low self-esteem.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dowdy but winning and poignant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A lonely bachelor, socially tortured for being single, falls for a schoolteacher he meets at a dance hall. Ernest Borgnine, insecurities fully on display, gives… More
Ken Stachnik
Another big film to cross off my shame list. Totally charming and worth everyone's time.
Lucas Martins
Marty is a wonderful film! The great screenplay of Paddy Chayefsky, makes the audience stay to see the simple life of the main character to the begining to the… More
Randy Tippy
Ernest Borgnine's signature role and a highlight of his eclectic filmography.
Chris Weber
Marty Pilletti is a shy and lonely 34 year-old Butcher from the Bronx who still lives at home with his mother, and has spent his entire life being awkward and… More
Spencer S.
Deserved all the accolades, for it was both heart tugging and quite romantic, Marty is something of a winner without legs, running on empty, fueled only by the… More