The Oscar
The Oscar (1966)

A heartless actor scrambles to the top of show business' sleazy summit in this drama. Frank Fane (Stephen Boyd) is a Hollywood leading man who is desperate to boost his career by winning an Academy Award, and he doesn't care who he… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 4, 1966
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

This is the story of a vicious, bitter, firstclass heel who rises to stardom on the blood of those close to him. Without a single redeeming quality, part played by Stephen Boyd is unsympathetic virtually from opening shots.

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Rob Gonsalves

It may be the quintessential Hollywood movie, except that it was greeted with guffaws on sight.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Hilariously bad!

Time Out

Tacky Tinseltown soaper, logging the unscrupulous rise to stardom of an Academy-nominated actor in a succession of flashbacks, featuring numerous stellar walk-ons and dreadful dialogue.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A dreadful empty film.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Another bad movie about Hollywood.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A piece of expensive claptrap, loaded with harrowing clichés.

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TV Guide

The plot here is so melodramatic and so unrealistic that the film becomes laughable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Overblown and hoky but compulsively watchable nontheless.
Eric Broome
"The Oscar" is bad, sure, but it's not as hilariously bad as I was led to believe. Not bad enough to worth taking the time to see. The script has… More