Picnic (1955)

One of the biggest box-office attractions of the 1950s, Picnic was adapted by Daniel Taradash from the Pulitzer Prize-winning William Inge play. William Holden plays Hal Carter, a handsome drifter who ambles into a small Kansas town during… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Clunky and awkward, with inane dialogue, it's a movie to show how attitudes have changed.

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Emanuel Levy

An emorionally intense small-town melodrama, in which all the women are love or sex-starved, but is extremely well acted by William Holden, Rosalind Russell, and Kim Novak

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
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A real meatball.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A lower class drifter enlists an old college friend to introduce him to Southern society, which includes a pair of sisters, one coquettish and the other plain… More
jay nixon
Alittle overheated but Kim is beautiful and all the performances are well done.
Lanning : )
Not a darling of the critics, <i>Picnic</i> has suffered from robust shellackings by popular voices such as the renowned Roger Ebert -- with whom I… More
Veronique Kwak
"picnic" is william holden's attempt to flaunt that he could also be a romantic lead after his comeptent portrait of rugged veteran characters in… More
Aj V
An okay melodrama, it's not bad, but it's pretty boring for the most part.
John Ballantine
There isn't much love for Picnic among the critics or the people on here but I thought it was excellent. William Holden is great as the drifter who sets… More