An American in Paris
An American in Paris (1951)

Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry's patroness… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 4, 1951
DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The plot may be problematic, but such concerns are rendered superfluous by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron's star power, the Gershwins' classic songs, and Vincente Minnelli's colorful, sympathetic direction.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

Inspired by the late George Gershwin's impressionistic musical suite of the same name, the picture is one of the finest musicals Hollywood has ever produced.

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TIME Magazine

A grand show -- a brilliant combination of Hollywood's opulence and technical wizardry with the kind of taste and creativeness that most high-budgeted musicals notoriously lack.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The first three-quarters might be at best B-tier Freed Unit filmmaking, but those last 18 minutes are as precious as anything produced by studio-era Hollywood.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Imperfect, then, but intermittently awe-inspiring.

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Variety Staff

One of the most imaginative musical confections turned out by Hollywood in years.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

One of the great MGM musicals.

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James Berardinelli

Gene Kelly remains one of the best and brightest of the Golden Era musical stars and An American in Paris shows him in fine form.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

While not nearly the musical it's cracked up to be, this 1951 film is absolutely required viewing for anyone who wants to see the studio system (MGM style) at its gaudiest, most Byzantine height.

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Witney Seibold

It's hard not to be charmed by Gene Kelly's featherweight smiles and amazing dancing. But the film as a whole is -- and let no one contradict me on this -- a complete trifle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An American dancer/artist and piano player pursue Paris ladies with the help of a French singer. Delightful and fun, as most classic film musicals are,… More
Aj V
The story wasn't all that bad until they decided to add silly song and dance numbers, which last over 10 minutes long. I was so annoyed with this movie.
Chris Weber
Using the music of George Gershwin as a foundation, Vincente Minnelli directs this Oscar winner about an American G.I. named Jerry living as an expat in Paris… More
Randy Tippy
Make no mistake about it, <i>An American in Paris</i> is all about the dance. Sure there are vocals and instrumentals and even a bit of a story,… More
Matheus Carvalho
Vincente Minnelli pode ser considerado um dos principais responsáveis por elevar o gênero de filme musical ao status de arte. Ainda que não seja a melhor de… More
Jeremy Smith
Best Picture Academy Award-winning film, with the unbelievably great dancer and signer Gene Kelly. A perfect showcase for dazzling scenes built around… More

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