The Seven Year Itch
The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Like thousands of other Manhattanites, Tom Ewell annually packs his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and children off to summer vacation, staying behind to work at the office. This particular summer, the lonely Ewell begins fantasizing about the many… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: May 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Delmore Schwartz
The New Republic

Despite the script's cleverness, the presence of Tom Ewell, who is a first rate comedian and Oscar Homolka, who has long been a first rate actor, the entire film continually misses fire and fizzles out, like defective fireworks.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Monroe flaunts her attributes too blatantly, and seems less human because of it, while George Axelrod's play, fresh and risqué in the '50s, now appears a little obvious and over-plotted.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

The film is still very funny.

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Variety Staff

What counts is that laughs come thick and fast, that the general entertainment is light and gay.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

So arresting is Monroe's presence that when she's not on-screen, we wait impatiently, wondering, Where have you gone, Mrs. DiMaggio?

Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Marilyn Monroe comedy is cute but won't interest most kids.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Although it was directed by Billy Wilder, this 1955 CinemaScope classic sometimes seems presided over by Frank Tashlin, with its satire of 50s puritanism and its use of wimpy Tom Ewell.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Miss Monroe clearly plays the title role.

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Josh Larsen

Monroe takes over the movie the minute she appears onscreen, wearing impossible outfits and telling the most ridiculous stories with the lightest touch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An insufferable comedy whose sense of humor is tremendously unfunny and obvious while Ewell is unbearable with his expository babbling and his character's… More
Jonathan Hutchings
It has its charm, but you can really see why Billy Wilder hated working with Marilyn Monroe. Aside from the iconic shot of her dress billowing over a subway… More
Jim Hunter
A man whose wife is away for the summer fantasizes about the girl who lives upstairs. Marilyn Monroe was obviously beautiful, glamorous, and altogether… More
Aj V
This is a very funny movie. Although Monroe is on the cover she isn't the main character, so if you're not a fan don't be afraid to see this… More
Spencer S.
An explosive comedy for its day, Itch is a fun romp with the help of the most down to earth starlet of the day, Marilyn Monroe. Though she is the main… More
Conner Rainwater
Marilyn Monroe is the most seductive, beautiful and honest woman to ever live. This exploits that fact and shows truly how amazing she is, her performance is… More

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