Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Second-billed Marilyn Monroe is the blonde in question in this second film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Miss Lorelei Lee, whose philosophy is "diamonds are a girl's best friend." Together with her best human friend… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 15, 1953
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2001
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's sparkling magnetism, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a delightfully entertaining 1950s musical.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Howard Hawks adds sly sexual insinuation to the blatantly sexual antics of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in this scintillating 1953 adaptation of the stage musical based on Anita Loos's novel.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

There's more warmth in [Russell's] fondly bemused looks at Monroe, whose friendship is a front-row ticket to the best show in town.

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Grace Montgomery
Common Sense Media

Classic musical romp with dated premise is silly fun.

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TIME Magazine

For all the three-dimensional attractions of its two leading ladies, this is a rather flat cinemusical.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

If camp comedy capering (don't call it a social satire!) isn't your thing, it's worth the ticket to see Monroe's iconic and flawlessly choreographed performance of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (TM): a perfect four minutes of film.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An unusually perfect marriage of star, scenario, dialogue, director, and music.

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David Fear
Time Out

You won't find a more elegant take on '50s va-va-voom vulgarity or a more joyous paean to the cheesecake self-empowerment of two little girls from Little Rock.

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William Brogdon

A strong play to the sophisticated dialog and situations is given by Howard Hawks' direction and he maintains the racy air that brings the musical off excellently at a pace that helps cloak the fact that it's rather lightweight, but sexy, stuff.

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Emanuel Levy

Howard Hawks' joyous musical comedy of 1953 is the film that catapulted Marilyn Monroe to major stardom and iconic status as sex symbol.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A very funny and entertaining musical in gorgeous Technicolor, with excellent dialogue, an animal magnetism exuded by Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, and nice… More
Spencer S.
Mixed feelings on this film. I loved the sassy Jane Russell, in all her boy crazed glory, and the ever fluffy Marilyn Monroe, but there wasn't enough pomp… More
Lady D'arbanville
An enjoyable mix of best friends who want very opposite things from potential husbands. For me, Jane Russell stole the spotlight in this film, whilst Marilyn… More
Morgan Salem
dispite the choppy editing and rediculouness of Monroe This is a great movie! Its a classic and makes me wonder. Was Marilyn Monroe really that dim? It seemed… More
Aj V
A pretty good movie, it's almost exactly like How to Marry a Millionaire, but it's slightly better, mostly because it's funnier.
Conner Rainwater
As far as musicals go, this is easily my favorite. Howard Hawks brings the perfect blend of comedy, musical numbers and just an honest message. Of course the… More

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