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  • Summary: Danny's the bad boy leader of the T-Bird's. Sandy's the innocent Australian transfer. With the debilitating shadow of 50's high school politics dooming their budding relationship, will Danny and Sandy be able to change before it is too late to end up together?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    It's every bit the great songfest it's hailed as, with bucketloads of innuendo thown in behind some of the most energetic musical numbers ever to grace the inside of a movie theatre.
  2. 91
    Grease is a pure pop construct, fueled by movie-star poses, hit songs, and persistent audience fantasies of being an acceptable kind of "bad." Barry Gibb-penned disco theme aside, Grease doesn't really belong to any one era. It's like it's always existed.
  3. GREASE is not really the 1950's teen-age movie musical it thinks it is, but a contemporary fantasy about a 1950's teen-age musical—a larger, funnier, wittier and more imaginative-than-Hollywood movie with a life that is all its own. It uses the Eisenhower era — the characters, costumes, gestures and particularly, the music—to create a time and place that have less to do with any real 50's than with a kind of show business that is both timeless and old-fashioned, both sentimental and wise. The movie is also terrific fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Rachel Clarke
    75
    Sandy, Danny, and their sexier counterparts Rizzo and Kenickie are spectacular fun to watch, especially in their non-TV-edited glory. Though it's virtually impossible to forget, and stay quiet during, the film's many songs, it's also surprising to remember all of the racy dialogue and double entendres in the original. Or maybe it's just that we never got them when we were ten.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The screen Grease seemed at the time a big, overblown version of the sassy, gritty stage musical. Now the differences seem less important. What the two versions share are sizzle and a refusal to ignore the sexual energy of an exuberant cast. Grease seems kickier now than it did 20 years ago. [27 Mar 1998, p.D6]
  6. 75
    Grease works as a musical, a comedy, a light romance, and a gentle satire of teenage life during the '50s. In part because of its persistent high spirits, it's a delight to watch, even 20 years after it first appeared on the screen.
  7. 20
    A limp, cheaply made version of the Broadway. Director Randal Kleiser shows no real sense of how a musical is constructed: the songs are bunched together, the production numbers don't move, and the whole project shifts awkwardly between naturalism and stylization.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. May 9, 2014
    10
    Fantastically upbeat musical. Love the 50s theming, makes for a refreshing change for a modern musical. Characters are funny and lovable. Great Cast. A must-see! Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    10
    Travolta and Newton-John has got some skills!
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    I've seen Les Misreables, Haispray, Chicago and Mamma Mia. All of them are great but none of them can touch the magic of Grease. My heart arranged a melody while i was watching that movie. It was the greatest movie musical ever. My big brother thinks it stupid, but in my opinion he's just jealous. It's the one that i want, it takes back those summer nights, and it goes together like rama rama rama kadinga da dinga dong. I'll remember it forever like hoo-bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom
    Chang chang changitty chang sha-bop That's the way it should be Wah-oooh, yeah!
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  4. Aug 23, 2010
    9
    Couple have Summer romance, she goes back to Australia, School starts, she didn't go to Australia, they meet up again, singing & mayhem ensue.
    It really is hard not to like this & it's been parodied a million times. The story is silly, acting pretty dodgy (Stockard Channing is great though) & it's camper than a row of tents.
    The songs though are brilliant & you just get sucked into the whole thing & you can't help singing along & enjoying it.
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  5. Dec 4, 2010
    9
    'Grease' has got all the elements of a fantastic musical - stunning choreography, hilarious humour, and impressive singing - all rolled into one explosive (and really addictive) film Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2012
    8
    A classic...I hated some of the songs (two or three) , but overall, it was fantastic...a movie to remember! A movie for a nice late afternoon with cheese, wine, and friends! Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2013
    2
    Horrible movie, with people trying to hard to be cool. If they took the singing away it might be watchable.It is one of the most cheesy movies ever.I hate movies that break out into a song after every little thing. Expand

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