Singin' in the Rain (1952) - Rotten Tomatoes

Singin' in the Rain1952

Singin' in the Rain (1952)



Critic Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

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Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly's fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Set during the advent of "talkies," Don Lockwood has risen to stardom during Hollywood's silent-movie era - paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont. And when Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden, Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, Lockwood finds his career in jeopardy after audiences laugh when they hear Lamont speak in her shrill voice for the first time... until the studio decides to use Selden to dub her voice.

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Gene Kelly
as Don Lockwood
Donald O'Connor
as Cosmo Brown
Debbie Reynolds
as Kathy Selden
Jean Hagen
as Lina Lamont
Rita Moreno
as Zelda Zanders
Douglas Fowley
as Roscoe Dexter
Madge Blake
as Dora Bailey
Kathleen Freeman
as Phoebe Dinsmore
Judy Landon
as Olga Mara
Mae Clarke
as Hairdresser
Cyd Charisse
as Guest Artist
Bobby Watson
as Diction Coach
Jimmie Thompson
as Male Lead in `Beautiful Girls' Number
Dan Foster
as Assistant Director
Margaret Bert
as Wardrobe Woman
John Dodsworth
as Baron de la May de la Toulon
Stuart Holmes
as J.C. Spendrill III
Dennis Ross
as Don as a Boy
Julius Tannen
as Man on Screen
Dawn Addams
as Lady in Waiting
Elaine Stewart
as Ladies in Waiting
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Jimmy Thompson
as Male Lead in "Beautiful Girls" Number
Wilson Wood
as Vallee Impersonator
Charles Evans
as Audience
Joi Lansing
as Audience
Patricia Denise
as Girl Dancer
Jeanne Coyne
as Girl Dancer
Bill Chatham
as Male Dancing Quartet
Ernest Flatt
as Male Dancing Quartet
Don Hulbert
as Male Dancing Quartet
Robert Dayo
as Male Dancing Quartet
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Critic Reviews for Singin' in the Rain

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (22)

Is Singin' in the Rain the finest movie musical of them all? There are none better in my book.

October 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The unstoppable joy of the musical numbers, especially with O'Connor, is what never fails to seduce - perhaps especially in Moses Supposes.

October 18, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Effervescent, life-affirming cinema... an antidote to any ailment, illness, or woes about the state of Hollywood.

October 17, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Tap-dancing has never looked so unstoppable, nor so liquid: most tappers clench up and hammer away like road-drills, but these two sway their hips and laugh off the effort.

January 3, 2018

Singin' in the Rain is another mighty fine MGM Technicolor musical comedy produced by Arthur Freed whose An American in Paris copped seven Academy awards last week.

March 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Often considered the finest musical of all time.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Singin' in the Rain


One of the best ever made, and not just because it actually has something to say: a commentary about the upheaval the introduction of sound had to the movie-making business. Very creative as well as innovative, and perhaps must see movie-making, I bookend this chievement with "Sunset Boulevard" insofar as Hollywood commentaries go.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The classic of classics when it comes to musicals, a wonderful movie that is light, entertaining and funny with priceless dialogue and amazing choreography - and where even an out-of-place Broadway number is delightful enough to make us forgive it for being there.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

'Singin' in the Rain' is still a proven feast for the eyes and ears, full of charisma and intelligence and laughter.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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