Sweet Bird of Youth
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

This film version of the play by Tennessee Williams is considerably toned down in comparison to the original production. Chance Wayne (Paul Newman) is an aspiring movie actor brimming with self confidence. He meets a fading movie queen… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 21, 1962
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

It's a glossy, engrossing hunk of motion picture entertainment, slickly produced by Berman.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This cynical, coruscating drama has a strong look of being contrived, and Mr. Brooks' happy ending for it is implausible and absurd.

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Steve Crum

Strong cast (Newman, Page) in deeply dramatic Williams drama.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Offers little indication of what made the original play interesting (especially in Elia Kazan's stage production), despite the fact that Paul Newman and Geraldine Page are called on to reprise their original roles.

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Empire Magazine

Page and Newman are fantastic.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

There is no clearer face for the conflict and despondency of the decade of the sixties than Newman's magnificent bastards.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Brooks' direction seems a little too stolid for all the sleazy, flaming passions. These are, however, given full measure by an excellent cast.

TV Guide

All of Williams's Southern Gothic themes are intermingled here: violence, familial conflict, sexual neurosis, the mentality of the mob. Most of it comes across as overheated nonsense.

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Mark Bourne

When approaching 1962's Sweet Bird of Youth, go for the parts rather than the whole.... [T]he film is a long drive through swampy melodrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
Sweet Bird of Youth is structured like a resurrection tale. Chance Wayne is thrown into all types of abasement, dragged this way and that, beaten to a bloody… More
John Ballantine
Newman does Tennessee Williams very well and he does tremendously well in Sweet Bird of Youth. He is the ultimate hustler who meets obstacles that he can't… More
Conner Rainwater
Very underrated and a great story about vanity and the drawbacks of Hollywood. Paul Newman delivers his usual knockout performance, creating a very lovable and… More
Saskia D.
If you've been reading some of my reviews, you all know how much I like Paul Newman, but he failed to appease me this time. The whole story just… More