On the Waterfront Synopsis
An ex-boxer (Marlon Brando) stands up to a corrupt union boss.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The chance to watch a four-star classic the way it was meant to be seen -- fresh print, big screen -- is so rare as to be worth the trip.
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
As unspoiled in its key elements as the day it was made, "On the Waterfront" is indisputably one of the great American films, its power...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The acting and the best dialogue passages have an impact that has not dimmed; it is still possible to feel the power of the film and of...
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90

TV Guide

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A draining experience from beginning to end, relentless in its portrayal of inhumanity.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century.
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80

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
It's hard to deny that Marlon Brando's performance as a dock worker and ex-fighter who finally decides to rat on his gangster brother (Rod...
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80

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Like many cult films, it is also less than the sum of its parts.
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80

The New York Times

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Moviemaking of a rare and high order. (Review of Original Release)
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80

Variety

Under Elia Kazan's direction, Marlon Brando puts on a spectacular show, giving a fascinating, multi-faceted performance.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Brando made one of his most indelible impressions in this relentlessly dramatic, ever-controversial tale of loyalty and betrayal in the...
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A reluctant fighter

By chrisratesmovie
The significance of this film not only lies in past popularity. It is a reputable depiction of American politics surrounding organized labor. That is a simple classification. What I find so...

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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Raises important issues about the nature of power.
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