West Side Story

critic Reviews

, 91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Steven Spielberg's West Side Story presents a new look at the classic musical that lives up to its beloved forebear -- and in some respects might even surpass it.
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    Jake ColeSlant Magazine
    Steven Spielbergs take on West Side Story is his best film since Munich, and the 4K transfer is an early contender for the best-looking home video release of the year.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    Think about the efforts here to extend that prologue and showcase the grittiness of the streets... Neighborhoods aren't neglected, they are being demolished which underscores the irony of these gangs fighting when they have so much in common.
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    BuzzFeed StaffBuzzFeed News
    Yes, the plot is still kind of risible, but I left the theater teary-eyed.
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    Mara ReinsteinUs Weekly
    Steven Spielberg's sweeping take on the tragic Romeo and Juliette tale dazzles the senses...
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    West Side Story's dazzling dance routines are fit for the big screen.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Everything here has been turned up to 11, and you can really feel it -- even in numbers that we've heard a thousand times before.
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    John Paul KingWashington Blade
    Achieves what doubters assumed would be impossible: a new rendering that succeeds in bringing a deeper, more contemporary sensibility to the material while leaving it essentially unchanged.
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    Dan BayerNext Best Picture
    A prime example of how to go about remaking a classic. It's a shame that the filmmaking itself never reaches the ecstatic heights of the original.
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    Jimmy CageJimmy Cage Movie Reviews (YouTube)
    Steven Spielbergs WEST SIDE STORY is pure classic Hollywood musical magic. Spectacular emotional filmmaking that almost completely blew me away.
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    A.S. HamrahThe Baffler
    More importantly, every decision Spielberg has made to open the film into the city streets works magnificently in this last-gasp movie of joyous urban life, all of it perfectly executed and choreographed with great verve and beauty...
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