The Crowd
The Crowd (1928)

As was the case with every film project that he cared deeply about, filmmaker King Vidor had to fight long and hard with his studio bosses to get The Crowd produced. Though Vidor's parent studio MGM was certain that this simple story of… More

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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Vidor, playing to that crowd, sternly warns against going it alone.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Throughout this subject Mr. Vidor shrewdly avoids the stereotyped conception of setting forth scenes, and in more than one case he uses his camera in an inspired fashion.

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Allen Eyles
Radio Times

In this powerful silent drama from director King Vidor, James Murray gives a superlative performance as an idealistic young man trapped in a dead-end job whose ambitions are dogged by tragedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The camera style owes something to Murnau, but the sense of space -- the vast environments that define and attack his protagonists -- is Vidor's own.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

The performances are absolutely flawless, and astonishing location work in the busy New York streets (including a giddy tour of Coney Island on a blind date) lends a gritty ring of truth to his intensely human odyssey.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A truly great work of art: a one-of-a-kind blend of domestic drama and a depiction of urban geometry.

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Variety Staff
Variety

A drab actionless story of ungodly length and apparently telling nothing.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

What's extraordinary is that what could have come off as a case study instead packs a consistently strong emotional punch.

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Alonso Duralde
Linoleum Knife

The Crowd is a masterpiece - moving, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. It's a must for anyone interested in the roots of moviemaking, and it's a good choice to show to someone who thinks they wouldn't like silent films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Shankle
A film that still relates to us today. Not a fan of the silent era but this one I could endure. The acting is great and the story is done very well; it touches… More
Drew Smith
A messy, overdramatic narrative about finding happiness despite overwhelming negative circumstances. Watching it right after I Was Born But..., it just felt ham… More
Stella Dallas
in the waning years of the silent era, king vidor showed us the dark side of the american dream in a film that still seems daring and modern after 85 years. the… More
John Ballantine
One of the earliest films in the "indie" style coming to us almost at the birth of talkies. Vidor brings a tremendous amount of depth in the storyline… More
Tim Salmons
King Vidor's The Crowd doesn't spend its time telling you a grand science fiction or horror story, but instead tells the simple tale of a man who… More
cody franklin
A great silent film produced during the Golden Age of Silents. It has some of the most amazing shots you will ever see and the acting is not too melodramatic.… More