West Side Story

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West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

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  • Virginia Fisher
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "West Side Story is a classic for a reason, and if you're looking for a great love story, you still can't do better than this reworking of Romeo and Juliet set in 1960s New York. Maria makes a charming "Juliet," and her star-crossed love is sweet and tragic. There are also some entertaining musical numbers, particularly "America." A great tragic love story."
    David Sanchez
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "West Side Story is an awful movie. I guess there might be some who'd become interested in the love story in this movie, but I wasn't one of them. I thought the story was incomprehensible, and the love story in it specifically was so boring and corny that I never really believed it. "
  • Cindy Lu
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "I don't get why people can romanticize the streets in New York? Cause most of the time, it is really sketchy AF!"
  • Jing Zhu
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "If you are looking for a good Romantic movie you may want to watch west side story. This version is not the greatest production and could be of better quality. Overall this version could be priced better as well"
    Bobby Moreno
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "If you ask anybody about musical movies that have romance, this movie is going to come up on that list. Fantastic story and well executed with an amazing soundtrack!"
    Johnny Allen
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "West Side Story has to be at the top of any romance list. This movie is a classic that has all the elements that you look for in a movie."
  • Lauren Crawford
    Written on August 7, 2018
    "Being an avid Shakespeare reader, I was told that West Side Story is based off Romeo and Juliet tragedy. So I watched this music. Opening scene was around 5 mins so I was still able to grab some snacks. I like the romance without being too cheesy. I really enjoyed the well-choreograph dancing. Even the fight scenes looked more like dancing than brawl. Very good movie!"
  • Theresa Perry
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "West Side Story is just one of those classic movies that everyone needs to watch. It is loosely based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. In this adaptation you have two rivals gangs The Sharks and The Jets and how one boy Tony (former Jet) falls in love with a girl named Maria (the sister of a Shark). This movie also touches on race issues which seems so relevant in today's world. The music is what sets this apart from other Romeo and Juliet type movies. It is a must watch movie!"
  • Nancy Mitchell
    Written on July 17, 2017
    "West Side Story is a good adaptation of the musical of the same name. The actors do a solid job with the material, and the musical translates the New York setting well to the big screen. In hindsight, the casting of Natalie Wood to play a Puerto Rican character doesn't age terribly well, but the movie is bright, entertaining, and emotional, engaging the audience in the characters' hopes and tragedy. "
    Roger Turner
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "There aren't many musicals that are more well-known than West Side Story, and you'd know why if you'd watched it. It's a classic, a real American masterpiece. The music is classic, and wow is the choreography something else. It's unforgettable, there isn't a movie where the dancing plays such an important role. It's the perfect Broadway musical."
    Benjamin Phillips
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "It's a very old movie that many haven't heard and it's not highly rated. It's basically been lost in time and doesn't live up to many of the other Broadway musicals."
  • Madison White
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "West Side Story is a good musical, but I think it's an exaggeration to call it one of the best movies of all time. It has entertaining songs and engaging acting, but it's a fairly standard adaptation of a Broadway musical, and doesn't break a lot of new ground. You won't regret watching this movie, but I can't honestly describe it as one of the best movies of all time. "
    Aaron Patterson
    Written on May 12, 2017
    "West Side Story is a pretty good movie, but it's not one of the best. It's popular, but it's ccertainly not a better film than the likes of Citizen Kane or anything. Maybe I just don't like musicals very much, but I don't know anyone who'd say it was one of the best movies ever made. Honestly, I think it's pretty boring."
    Billy Gray
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I hate stories with sad endings. this made me cry. I love stories that give hope and faith in society."
  • Joe Perry
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "As a kid, I hated it when parents relatives and schools tried to force me to watch musicals. I never enjoyed them with the notable exception of west side story. Great plot line and characters, the sotry and ending had me interest even as a 12 yeard old. Classic movie which I will still watch to this day."
    John Riley
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "West Side Story is quite the musical. It is both a gang story and a love story. It is a wonderful gift for children."
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