Cradle Will Rock
Cradle Will Rock (1999)

The art and theater world of 1930s New York City is the backdrop for the new Touchstone Pictures film "Cradle Will Rock." As labor strikes break out throughout the country, New York City is alive with a burgeoning cultural… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 8, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Witty and provocative.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

It could have been a mess, and there are patches where Robbins's inspiration wears a little thin; yet, all in all, his ambitious tolerance pays off...

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Art and politics and ideals; mature.

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Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

While writer-director Tim Robbins uses this entertaining film to touch upon capitalism and class warfare, he's mainly interested in championing artistic expression.

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Christy Lemire

The let's-put-on-a-show energy can be intoxicating. But man, does it take a long time to achieve that high.

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David Ansen

Robbins eschews leftist diatribes for a bold cartoon version of history. It's as crowded and energetic as a big parade.

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Emanuel Levy

Art and politics collide in Tim Robbins' ambitious but not entirely successful effort to recreate a unique moment in American culture circa 1937.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

It is impossible to take the show seriously, as put together in Mr. Robbins's cliche-jammed version...

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Willfully superficial.

Rob Gonsalves

The movie's radical stance is that artists should get to do their art without being destroyed by mean rich people, and aren't we just wonderful for agreeing with that?

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
In a word: "Disgusting". Not only is this film radically Marxist (even the Depression-era unions and FDR are depicted as selling out the workers as… More
Brendan O'Connor
to slow and drawn out. well acted but tough going
Curtis Lilly
Huge cast made it fun to watch, along with the 30's atmosphere. Yet another example of how John and Joan Cusack cannot be apart in movies (much to my… More
John Ballantine
Oh Tim, Tim Tim. Your storm of political correctness has resulted in this film that no one went to see...for good reason. It is probably one of the most boring… More
jay nixon
painful, self indulgent exercise in tedium
Alec Barniskis
I would have appreciated a measure of subtlety at some point, as there are moments of "symbolism" that reach laughable proportions with their… More