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East of Eden 1955

Critics score:
88 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: In short, there is energy and intensity but little clarity and emotion in this film. It is like a great, green iceberg: mammoth and imposing but very cold. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: John Steinbeck's painful biblical allegory -- Genesis replayed in Monterey, California, circa 1917 -- is more palatable on the screen, thanks to the down-to-earth performances of James Dean as Cal/Cain and Richard Davalos as Aron/Abel. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Not only one of Kazan's richest films and Dean's first significant role, it is also arguably the actor's best performance. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: It's a film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place. Read more

Variety: Read more