Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate (1953)

An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew", but off-stage the production is rife ex-lovers' quarrels and gangster lookinf for some money owed to them.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 26, 1953
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jessica Winter
Village Voice

...Kiss Me Kate had nothing on Singin' in the Rain.

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

A little weak in acting at first, but warms up nicely. Quite entertaining. And even more welcoming in 3D.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A fun musical with tuneful Cole Porter songs and a fun script.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The picture's brio is quaint and disarming, for the most part getting its laughs when it needs them.

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Christopher Null

The theatrical antics are a bit forced and the musical numbers aren't the best in the history of musical cinema, but this still stands as an 'important' film of its era, albeit a minor and relatively forgettable one.

George Perry

A treat, on no account to be missed.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A mostly zippy showbiz paean.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

One of the all-time best movie musicals, with Fosse choreography and Porter's vunderbar music.

Harvey S. Karten

Thanks to the genius of George Sidney at the helm, there's never a dull moment nor a single instance of a song or dance simply shoehorned in with no bearing on the story. So brush up your Porter if you must have a background before seeing this, and go!

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
This movie is freaking brilliant. Ann Miller lights up the stage every moment she's visible. She may not be as good a dancer as professional Bobby Van, but… More
jay nixon
Sprightly colorful throughly wonderful musical. Keel is perfect in the male lead and Kathryn Grayson in what along with Magnolia in Show Boat is her best role… More
Aj V
A good comedy musical about actors who's offstage lives are mirrored onstage in a production of taming of the shrew. It has it's funny moments, but… More
Mark Hobin
Bright, colorful, lively Cole Porter musical inspired by Shakespeare's <I>The Taming of the Shrew.</I> Originally filmed in 3D
Spencer S.
Great music, but too many scenes where Howard Keel has to punish his ex-wife. What message does that send?
Emily B.
Ann Miller steals the show! Highly entertaining musical adaption of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with some wonderful songs provided by Cole Porter.… More