The Bad and the Beautiful
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)

A manipulative, ruthless movie producer claws and squashes people on his way to the top. One of the finest looks at Hollywood behind-the-scenes, Bad & the Beautiful shows via flashback the stories of three famous movie people whose lives… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cath Clarke
Time Out

Douglas gives a terrific study of male ego, all relaxed charm and going places.

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Emma Simmonds
The List

The Bad and the Beautiful took home a quintet of Oscars from 1953's ceremony and in its title alone we have possibly the greatest ever description of Hollywood.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Hollywood here looks diabolically seductive.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Under Minnelli's direction it becomes a fascinating study of a man destroyed by the 50s success ethic, left broke, alone, and slightly insane in the end.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

A warts-and-all portrait of Hollywood at its zenith, a tale of how the bad created something beautiful.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A gaudy soap opera that also manages to satirise gaudy soap operas. Hows about that?

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Eithne Farry
Electric Sheep

Charles Schnee's whip-smart script, packed with sharp one-liners and passionate dialogue is a pitch-perfect accompaniment to the noir-ish look of Robert Surtees's cinematography.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Not quite Sunset Boulevard but almost.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Even without a knowledge of the background, this is sharp, cynical fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A Kirk Douglas film, has to be based or meant to base a director that played a part in his career, just to factual to be a made up story. Its about a director… More
Devon Bott
In Hollywood, where the producer is king, it's kind of hard to make a film about what complete bastards movie producers are. The Bad and the Beautiful… More
Lewis C.
"Will you help him get started again? Will you work with him just this once?" Three people: a Pulitzer Prize winning writer (Dick Powell), a beloved… More
xGary Xx
An actress, writer and director recount their experiences with uncompromising movie producer Kirk Douglas when he comes back to them, cap in hand wanting help… More
AJ Verser
A good movie about the movie industry, and with a good cast. I liked it.
Jeremy Smith
Jonathan Shields: "Georgia, Love is for the very young." Great movie about the business of making movies