West Side Story
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"West Side Story is a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical which, in its stark approach to a raging social problem and realism of unfoldment, may set a pattern for future musical presentations."
‑ Whitney Willaims, Variety
"How does the film -- which won ten Oscars on its 1961 release -- stand up now? Very well indeed."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Ten well-deserved Oscars -- plus a special award for Jerome Robbins's dynamic choreography -- adorned this electrifying and moving version of the magnificent Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim musical."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Even though I had to play it for my high school choir, I was never a fan of the music. Everything else - the cinematography, choreography and story are all pretty stellar."
‑ Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine
"An extraordinary song and dance experience laced within a quotidian dramatic tale."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Unhappily, the film shares a serious flaw in the essential conception of the show; both are founded on a phony literary analogy and on some potentially vicious pseudo-sociology."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It is a great movie ... in parts."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"for all of its silliness for today, is still an epic film"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"You have to admire the way every aspect of the film works toward the emotional impact."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out Chicago
"A landmark screen musical that left its own indelible stamp on popular culture. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Decent 1961 adaptation of the Bernstein-Robbins musical, if you can handle Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in the leads."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The marvel is that the film still works so well."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Indisputably the greatest musical ever made, "West Side Story" (1961) has sadly proven socially timeless regarding America's eternally troubled immigrant experience."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"West Side Story remains one of the best musicals of all-time."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"it is the heat of West Side Story's social and cultural conflicts that make it a pop-culture landmark unlike any other"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
More reviews for West Side Story on Rotten Tomatoes

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