Rebel Without a Cause
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

This landmark juvenile-delinquent drama scrupulously follows the classic theatrical disciplines, telling all within a 24-hour period. Teenager Jimmy Stark (James Dean) can't help but get into trouble, a problem that has forced his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 27, 1955
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rebel Without a Cause is a searing melodrama featuring keen insight into '50s juvenile attitude and James Dean's cool, iconic performance.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

An unmissable film, made with a delirious compassion.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Like its hero, Rebel Without a Cause desperately wants to say something and doesn't know what it is. If it did know, it would lose its fascination.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

Looks and sounds so good it makes your heart thump.

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Robert J. Landry

Here is a fairly exciting, suspenseful and provocative, if also occasionally far-fetched, melodrama of unhappy youth on another delinquency kick.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There are some excruciating flashes of accuracy and truth in this film.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Nicholas Ray's 1955 film extends sympathy to all its characters, not just the kids, though the central trio of Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo focus our emotions.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Dean's finest film, hardly surprisingly in that Ray was one of the great '50s directors.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

An indelible vision of a pretty 1950s America with a searing crack in it.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A mighty, ageless jolt of teen petulance. Dean is supreme.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Some things in the movie may not have aged that well, but it still pulses with youthful energy and impresses with the psychological complexity of its characters… More
Daniel Perry
A film that, in my opinion, has its reputation for a single scene, the one in which Jim Stark (James Dean) pleads with his hen-pecked father, "Stand up for… More
KJ Proulx
While "Rebel Without a Cause" has a very familiar story, with predictable climax's and obvious character arcs, this James Dean film is not one to… More
Chris Weber
So, I finally saw this much beloved and highly regarded film and, you know what? It's overrated. Ans that's a bummer too, since I was really hoping… More
Kase Vollebregt
A fantastic film dealing with teenage angst, 'Rebel Without a Cause' is a classic film that finds James Dean in a superbly classic role.
Reid Volk
A bit melodramatic at times, but overall an effective and visually sharp glimpse at the post war American mindset.