West Side Story
West Side Story (1961)

This romantic musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines has captivated audiences for four… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Buoyed by Robert Wise's dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein's score, and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, West Side Story remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen.

Whitney Willaims
Variety

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

How does the film -- which won ten Oscars on its 1961 release -- stand up now? Very well indeed.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

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.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is a great movie ... in parts.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

for all of its silliness for today, is still an epic film

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Decent 1961 adaptation of the Bernstein-Robbins musical, if you can handle Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in the leads.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The marvel is that the film still works so well.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] Indisputably the greatest musical ever made, "West Side Story" (1961) has sadly proven socially timeless regarding America's eternally troubled immigrant experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
The story is <i>Romeo and Juliet</i> set to music. The film's highlights are the music and songs that give resonance to Shakespeare's… More
Matt Goodman
If only we could solve all our problems through interpretive dance. In this modern day adaption of Shakespeare's classic tale Romeo & Juliet, which was… More
Alice Shen
It's a little weird. It's a classic, for sure, but the ballet-dancing, overacting, near-gangbangers are just a bit absurd. Vivid and frenetic… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Ice: Play it cool boy, real cool.
Devon Bott
In 1962, the film version of the popular musical "West Side Story" won not one, not two, but ten academy awards. The American Film Institute placed… More
Jon Lantz
Although one of the great classic musicals I like this one less than such films as Yankee Doodle Dandy and Singing in the Rain. It uses the modern style where… More

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