Meet Me In St. Louis
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Sally Benson's short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters, who hoped to find a throughline to connect the anecdotal tales. After several false starts (one of… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 6, 2004
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the first films to integrate musical numbers into the plot, it explores, without condescension or simplemindedness, the feelings that drive the family members apart and then bring them back together again.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

The joys of the film linger with the music and encourage you to savor the true moments of family togetherness.

Philip French
Observer [UK]

Judy Garland has never been more spirited or more poignant.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Garland achieves true stature with her deeply understanding performance, while her sisterly running-mate, Lucille Bremer, likewise makes excellent impact with a well-balanced performance.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

In the words of one of the gentlemen, it is a ginger-peachy show.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

An unmissable big-screen experience.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

One of the great musicals.

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Matthew Sorrento
PopMatters

Cut out as a comic relief, [Margaret O'Brien's] Tootie becomes an integral aspect of the film's psychology, as the repressed middle-class anger rearing, if innocently. (PopMatters Essential Film Performances 2013: Musical/Comedy)

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Cleaver Patterson
Little White Lies

The film really belongs to Garland and O'Brien. They make each scene they share pure magic, exuding an effortless confidence which lights up the screen, with the rest of the cast reduced to mere bystanders.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
erika bruhns
Really good music but the acting and plot was lacking something .
Devon Bott
Delightful film about the life of a family living in St. Louis around the time of the 1904 World's Fair. It's more noteable for it's famous… More
Lenny Muggsy
Childhood classic that gets better with age.
Jeremy Smith
Judy Garland singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, one of the most touchingly beautiful film scenes ever. ESTHER SMITH (Judy Garland): "I… More
AJ Verser
A good musical with Garland, it's very sentimental and romantic and dramatic. I liked it, and if you like the combination of musical, romance, and drama,… More
Stephen M
It may not have the best songs, it may not have any dancing but this is still the greatest musical film ever made.

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