Bosley Crowther

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For 173 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bosley Crowther's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 A Streetcar Named Desire
Lowest review score: 20 Valley of the Dolls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 173
173 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Bosley Crowther
    A most delightfully acted and gracefully entertaining film, fashioned much in the manner of a stage drawing-room comedy, that seems to be about something much more serious and challenging than it actually is.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Bosley Crowther
    Mr. Clayton and Miss Kerr have neglected to interpret the tale and character with sufficient incisiveness and candor to give us a first-rate horror or psychological film. But they've given us one that still has interest and sends some formidable chills down the spine.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Bosley Crowther
    The Caine Mutiny, though somewhat garbled, is a vibrant film.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 80 Bosley Crowther
    The nonsense is generally good and at times it reaches the level of first-class satiric burlesque. Adolph Green and Betty Comden may have tossed off the script with their left hands, but occasionally they come through with powerful and hilarious round-house rights.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Bosley Crowther
    Mr. Hitchcock again is tossing a crazy murder story in the air and trying to con us into thinking that it will stand up without support.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Bosley Crowther
    The one mild surprise of this cheap reprise of earlier Hollywood and Japanese horror films is the ineptitude of its fakery.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Bosley Crowther
    Some outdoor scenes in excellent color and the expanse of CinemaScope give a bit of magnificence to a picture that lacks it in every other way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Bosley Crowther
    Every bit of the humor and vibrant humanity that flowed through the tender story of the English school-teacher and the quizzical king is richly preserved in the screen play that Ernest Lehman has prepared.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Bosley Crowther
    Lewis Milestone's direction suits the movement of Harry Brown's and Charles Lederer's script, which is entirely centripetal, focusing exclusively on Mr. Sinatra and his gang. Young people are likely to find this more appropriate and bewitching than do their elders. The latter are likely to feel less gleeful in the presence of heroes who rob and steal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bosley Crowther
    It is hard to think of a picture, aimed and constructed as this one was, doing any more or any better or leaving one feeling any more exposed to the horror of war than this one does.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Bosley Crowther
    Mr. Kramer has brilliantly directed a strong and responsive cast, headed by Gregory Peck as the submarine commander and Ava Gardner as the worldly woman who craves his love. Miss Gardner is remarkably revealing of the pathos of a wasted life. Fred Astaire is also amazing as the cynical scientist, conveying in his self-effacing manner a piercing sense of the irony of his trade.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bosley Crowther
    Thanks to Mr. Stevens' brilliant structure and handling of images, every scene and every moment is a pleasure. He makes "picture" the essence of his film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Bosley Crowther
    Burl Ives, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Judith Anderson, Jack Carson and two or three more almost work and yell themselves to pieces making this drama of strife within a new-rich Southern family a ferocious and fascinating show. And what a pack of trashy people these accomplished actors perform!
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Bosley Crowther
    There is nothing wrong with the music—except that it does not fit the people or the words. But that did not seem to make much difference to Mr. Hammerstein or Mr. Preminger. They were carried away by their precocity. The present consequence is a crazy mixed-up film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Bosley Crowther
    To put it mildly, Mr. Hitchcock and his writers have really let themselves go. Melodramatic action is their forte, but they scoff at speed limits this trip.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Bosley Crowther
    A curiously flat and fragmentary visualization of the original.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Bosley Crowther
    Mr. Stevens has done a superb job of putting upon the screen the basic drama and shivering authenticity of the Frances Goodrich-Albert Hackett play, which in turn caught the magnitude of drama in the real-life diary of a Jewish girl.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Bosley Crowther
    In this very lean and sensible screen transcription of Fred Gipson's children's book, adapted by himself and William Tunberg, a warm, appealing little rustic tale unfolds in lovely color photography. Sentimental, yes, but also sturdy as a hickory stick.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Bosley Crowther
    On that simple framework and familiar story line, director Kurosawa has plastered a wealth of rich detail, which brilliantly illuminates his characters and the kind of action in which they are involved. He has loaded his film with unusual and exciting physical incidents and made the whole thing graphic in a hard, realistic western style.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Bosley Crowther
    In spite of some disconcerting lapses and strange ambiguities in the creation of the principal character, Citizen Kane is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Bosley Crowther
    What they have done with West Side Story in knocking it down and moving it from stage to screen is to reconstruct its fine material into nothing short of a cinema masterpiece...In every respect, the recreation of the Arthur Laurents-Leonard Bernstein musical in the dynamic forms of motion pictures is superbly and appropriately achieved.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Bosley Crowther
    Shane contains something more than beauty and the grandeur of the mountains and plains, drenched by the brilliant Western sunshine and the violent, torrential, black-browed rains. It contains a tremendous comprehension of the bitterness and passion of the feuds that existed between the new homesteaders and the cattlemen on the open range.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Bosley Crowther
    Mr. Huston has shaped a searching drama of the collision of civilization's vicious greeds with the instinct for self-preservation in an environment where all the barriers are down. And, by charting the moods of his prospectors after they have hit a vein of gold, he has done a superb illumination of basic characteristics in men. One might almost reckon that he has filmed an intentional comment here upon the irony of avarice in individuals and in nations today...But don't let this note of intelligence distract your attention from the fact that Mr. Huston is putting it over in a most vivid and exciting action display.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bosley Crowther
    All I can tell you is it is quite a trip. Fortunately, all of the voyaging is done in the northern hemisphere.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Bosley Crowther
    A brilliantly graphic estimation of a whole swath of society in sad decay and, eventually, a withering commentary upon the tragedy of the overcivilized. (Review of Original Release)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Bosley Crowther
    One of the wildest, bawdiest and funniest comedies that a refreshingly agile filmmaker has ever brought to the screen.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Bosley Crowther
    Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Hart might even find themselves outclassed by the dazzling and devastating mockery that is brilliantly packed into this film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Bosley Crowther
    And this is the weakness of the film. Mr. Bolt has reduced the vast upheaval of the Russian Revolution to the banalities of a doomed romance.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 70 Bosley Crowther
    The consequence in his denouement falls quite flat for us. But the acting is fair. Mr. Perkins and Miss Leigh perform with verve, and Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Martin Balsam do well enough in other roles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Bosley Crowther
    The color is good and Bobby Darin warbles a song at the start that may be amusing to humans but would probably fill Felix with disgust. Anyhow, it's an entertaining picture.

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