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West Side Story

West Side Story

Score: 7.13 / 10

Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Kevin McCollum, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg
Studio: 20th Century Studios
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Ana Isabelle, Corey Stoll, Brian d'Arcy James, Rita Moreno, Ben Cook
Genre: Musical
Running Time: 156 minutes

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West Side Story movie reviews

  • 2

    West Side Story

    Sunday, January 9, 2022 12:32:29 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Shoulda left the original alone.

  • 7

    West Side Story

    Tuesday, January 4, 2022 10:26:05 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    Maria stole the show. Liked everyone except Tony who seemed miscast. Rita M was also a treasure. Dancing was fabulous.

  • 6

    West Side Story

    Sunday, January 2, 2022 3:51:46 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Liked the old cars! Would have liked a better Tony, Bernardo and Riff tho. Dancing was very good. Loved Rita Moreno! Only 9 people in theater. Regal in Clarence was very dirty!

  • 10

    West Side Story

    Thursday, December 30, 2021 4:05:34 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    I'm not a musical kind of guy but I was so impressed by the whole package under Steven Spielberg's direction. Choreography, execution, the mixing of the music and sequences, the actors as Tony and Maria, and the gangs and the cops. Really drew me in. I hadn't paid attention to West Side Story since grade school. This version has the old one beat. I recommend it.

  • 1

    West Side Story

    Tuesday, December 28, 2021 10:37:08 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Everything!

  • 10

    West Side Story

    Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:46:14 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    I love this movie! It was so moving and well done! Anyone who loved the original, should see this one!

  • 9

    West Side Story

    Monday, December 27, 2021 4:44:29 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    I loved the music, dancing, and story. You have to appreciate the original story and the times to get the full effect. Enjoyed it more then Spiderboy!

  • 9

    West Side Story

    Saturday, December 25, 2021 4:54:14 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Loved the dialogue and the expanded backstory of the main characters. The acting, singing, costumes, direction, sound editing, and dancing were outstanding. Spielberg managed to take an old musical and make it feel modern-honoring its past while updating it for the present. There were lines in Spanish that I didnít fully understand but it mirrored beautifully the experience of trying to adapt in anotherís environment/culture. Iíve traveled a lot and often been in a country where I didnít understand what was being said. The choice to include Spanish dialogue served to remind English speakers of the experience of non-native speakers. A story deals with topics that are still relevant today: toxic masculinity, anti-immigration, transphobia, and interracial relationships. Oscar worthy picture.

  • 1

    West Side Story

    Saturday, December 25, 2021 3:24:34 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Common people , with so much Spanish spoken but no subtitles many of my friends who did not speak could not speak Spanish could not follow.

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    West Side Story

    Saturday, December 25, 2021 3:21:12 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    As a New Yorker , Puerto Rican & from growing up in the 50/60ís in NY I know first hand the life in the ghetto streets. The original , while flawed in several areas portrayed the life and anger of the streets. This re-creation badly missed its mark. Various actors were mis casted: riff was a mouse voiced guy, Bernardo and several other Hispanic actors were obviously in their late 20ís to 30ís. Maria & Anita were effective. Rita Moreno took an interesting role as the shop keeper. The real anger and hatred that each group had fir each other was missing. All in all it tried to re-create the past but it had no soul.