Meet Me In St. Louis
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Sally Benson's short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters, who hoped to find a throughline to connect the anecdotal tales. After several false starts (one of… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 28, 1944
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the first films to integrate musical numbers into the plot, it explores, without condescension or simplemindedness, the feelings that drive the family members apart and then bring them back together again.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

The joys of the film linger with the music and encourage you to savor the true moments of family togetherness.

Matthew Sorrento

Cut out as a comic relief, [Margaret O'Brien's] Tootie becomes an integral aspect of the film's psychology, as the repressed middle-class anger rearing, if innocently. (PopMatters Essential Film Performances 2013: Musical/Comedy)

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Variety Staff

Garland achieves true stature with her deeply understanding performance, while her sisterly running-mate, Lucille Bremer, likewise makes excellent impact with a well-balanced performance.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

In the words of one of the gentlemen, it is a ginger-peachy show.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Judy Garland has never been more spirited or more poignant.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

One of the great musicals.

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Josh Larsen

A paean to the nuclear family and the fertile soil where it ostensibly grows best-the American Midwest.

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Peter Bradshaw

An unmissable big-screen experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
erika bruhns
Really good music but the acting and plot was lacking something .
Devon Bott
Delightful film about the life of a family living in St. Louis around the time of the 1904 World's Fair. It's more noteable for it's famous… More
Lenny Muggsy
Childhood classic that gets better with age.
Jeremy Smith
Judy Garland singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, one of the most touchingly beautiful film scenes ever. ESTHER SMITH (Judy Garland): "I… More
Aj V
A good musical with Garland, it's very sentimental and romantic and dramatic. I liked it, and if you like the combination of musical, romance, and drama,… More
Stephen M
It may not have the best songs, it may not have any dancing but this is still the greatest musical film ever made.