Meet Me In St. Louis
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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 which proposed that the eldest Smith daughter be kidnapped and held for ransom), the result was the charming valentine-card musical Meet Me in St. Louis. The plot hinges on the possibility that Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames), the family's banker father, might uproot the Smiths to New York, scuttling his daughter Esther (Judy Garland)'s romance with… More

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"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The joys of the film linger with the music and encourage you to savor the true moments of family togetherness."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"Judy Garland has never been more spirited or more poignant."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"One of the most loving of all movie families."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Still as fresh as a newly picked daisy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"In the words of one of the gentlemen, it is a ginger-peachy show."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"An unmissable big-screen experience."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"The onscreen blossoming of Judy Garland in Vincente Minnelli's career making hit. Pure heaven."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"Minnelli's first triumph and one of Hollwood best musicals, displaying the director's concept of integrated musical with dazzling color and innovative swriling camera movment"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the great musicals."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"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)"
‑ Matthew Sorrento, PopMatters
"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."
‑ Cleaver Patterson, Little White Lies
"Film mixes feminism with joyous color, music and composition."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Judy Garland's most famous role and her best performance make for entertaining viewing."
‑ Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine
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