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Sweet Bird of Youth Reviews

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December 14, 2020
Here are Paul and Shirley playing true love gone wrong (in the shape of two pretty stupid types), while Geraldine portrays fallen grandeur with superb dash.
May 15, 2020
Once again, Hollywood proved to be more constrictive than Broadway -- a shocking castration gets replaced by a savage beating -- but the Southern discomfort of its characters keeps this torrid melodrama humming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2008
Page and Newman are fantastic.
April 8, 2008
It's a glossy, engrossing hunk of motion picture entertainment, slickly produced by Berman.
February 22, 2008
Strong cast (Newman, Page) in deeply dramatic Williams drama.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 11, 2006
There is no clearer face for the conflict and despondency of the decade of the sixties than Newman's magnificent bastards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2006
The film gets a little bogged down in minutiae and irrelevant side plots, but on the whole it's solid and searing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
April 28, 2006
In 1962, the film was deemed audacious due to its handling of such taboo issues as drugs, abortion, and degeneracy, but it's a comromised work which deviates substantially from Tennessee Williams' play.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 9, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2006
Newman and Page elevate Williams' melodramatic romance.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2006
Brooks' direction seems a little too stolid for all the sleazy, flaming passions. These are, however, given full measure by an excellent cast.
December 21, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2003
Newman began his splendid career on stage and returned triumphantly to Broadway to star in Williams' play about a gigolo with acting ambitions who attaches himself to an aging movie star.
May 20, 2020
The play is all broad strokes, and even worse, the film does its damndest to sanitize them.
April 8, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2008
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.
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
May 9, 2005
This cynical, coruscating drama has a strong look of being contrived, and Mr. Brooks' happy ending for it is implausible and absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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