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Marty

1955
Romance
Drama
1h 30m
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Rated 28 Jul 2020
92
92nd
First let's be clear: actress Betsy Blair could only be considered a dog in Hollywood fantasy. Still the rest of this is insightful about relationships & the need for companionship in ways most romantic dramas aren't.. Chayefsky starts off with Borgnine's Marty but begins to rope other characters in who are just as afraid of being unwanted as he is & perfectly captures how their valid fears may doom him. His portrait of young men holding out for a fantasy is also just as true today.
Rated 26 Nov 2016
8
78th
A gentle and sweet film, with its heart in the right place. Deserving special mention is the effective use of long takes, which allowed the actors to shine while rendering their characters' loneliness and heartache in a poignant and palpable way. A shame about its sudden ending, but the rest of the film more than makes up for it.
Rated 02 Jun 2018
73
78th
Marty is about the problem of loneliness and the curse of being less than ordinary. As others have pointed out, its views on marriage and middle aged spinsters are largely antiquated, but social pressure to 'couple up' is still a 'thing', so its concerns are not completely outdated. The subplot about aging widows is regrettably undeveloped, but Borgnine is at his best as Marty, an unremarkable man who takes one last shot at love, and Chayefsky's script skillfully balances drama and humour.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
92
88th
Marty is an absolutely wonderful movie that deals with inadequacy in a mature and enchanting way. Two people who are down on their luck, a little older than they want to be, and can't seem to find a mate for all the world and they finally meet each other.
Rated 30 Nov 2010
80
86th
About as good as the television play. While Chayefsky's story certainly holds emotional truth, it's almost too well put together. That is, I don't remember the writing in the original being this obvious. Maybe it was; I'm not sure. Borgnine carries the movie very well in the lead role. Maybe it's just me but, curiously, Marty's mother's thick accent reminded me of Jar Jar Binks's - which was weird.
Rated 08 Oct 2009
76
62nd
Not as much story here as I had hoped. The conflict in the third act was fairly lacking. Borgnine is fantastic though.
Rated 06 Feb 2013
80
63rd
A pretty simple and nice film. You'd have to be a cynical bastard not to enjoy it even just a little (and I'm a pretty cynical bastard myself).
Rated 17 Sep 2009
93
98th
Aw Marty, when you getting married, you're 34 and all your younger brothers are married, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. What a fantastic movie, the plot is sparse but the character of Marty fills the void many times over. The arc is so honest and ends so perfectly that it alone makes a good movie. Then you add in all the little jokes, offhand remarks and life struggles and the film rushes forth to near perfection.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
77th
Very good screenplay with some honest and realistic dialogue. The real highlight of this film is Borgnine and Blair. Their night together contains some of the warmest moments I've seen, incredibly moving stuff. Both of them are fantastic and have chemistry of a sort you rarely see. But I didn't care too much for the rest of it. All the stuff with his aunt and his bonehead friends didn't interest me at all. But the Marty/Clara scenes are so genuine, endearing and sweet that it's still worth it.
Rated 18 Aug 2009
85
44th
a simple, straightforward story about two lonely hearts looking for love.....recommended
Rated 30 Mar 2009
84
85th
You can always count on Paddy Chayefsky for good dialogue, and several things about this story surprised me too. The acting is excellent, especially by Borgnine, and his Italian mother amused me. A very sweet film.
Rated 15 Sep 2020
90
93rd
Here is a tasteful, understated film, with excellent writing and cinematography. I'd see it multiple times just for the dialogue. What results is a sweet romance with a good message.
Rated 05 Apr 2021
78
55th
It's a charming movie which likely inspired more developed romantic films in the future (see: Linklater's Before Trilogy). Borgnine is wonderful. The story is an interesting look at the rising of the Beat Generation, love and family dynamics following WW2, and a nice dissection of superficiality. Still, it's a weaker entry in the Best Picture category.
Rated 21 Oct 2010
63
60th
It's Paddy Chayefsky's script that deserves attention here. A didactic film with an old-fashioned morality for which getting married is everything, but lots of good dialogue and nice to watch.
Rated 14 Sep 2016
83
61st
One Saturday night in the Bronx, a lonely butcher (Ernest Borgnine) and a lonely teacher (Betsy Blair) meet and fall in love, but does he have the strength to overcome the disapproval of his family and friends? Groundbreaking at the time for bringing kitchen-sink realism to the big screen, it seems rather rough around the edges now--as if it were birthing a genre and telling a story at the same time. But the romance at the heart of it is so sweet and well-acted that it overcomes the film's flaw
Rated 24 Jan 2009
73
62nd
Pleasant little movie with a nice heart. The plot is a bit spare, but Borgnine fills it out quite well with his genial performance.
Rated 31 Jul 2023
76
91st
Sweet movie, even though I believed Marty really was a nice and decent fellow that kept his word, I was nervous the last few minutes haha.
Rated 21 Aug 2011
98
0th
See it. Charming. Wonderful
Rated 24 Aug 2014
75
69th
Nothing much happens but it's very moving anyway.
Rated 06 Dec 2019
75
83rd
People complain about modern romance but this film shows that some things never change. Reminded me of Before Sunrise in its dialogue and Tokyo Story for generational existentialism. I had real issues with Marty forcing himself onto Carla and then crying "nice guy." Good slice of 50s city life. Fav scene: Carla didn't get much deep dialogue, but her sharp retort about the DIL wanting motherly things too was well timed and revealed a more interesting character. Otherwise Carla tended to be meek.
Rated 16 Nov 2014
78
30th
Certainly a by the numbers movie in todays world, but it has a lot of heart not seen in films of this genre. Borgnine's performance is memorable even though the movie is not quite as memorable.
Rated 28 Jun 2020
80
81st
yalın, odaklı anlatısı ve zarif anlatımıyla hayran bırakıyor kendisine.
Rated 07 Oct 2012
70
72nd
How do you not root like crazy for Borgnine? A+ performance makes the film.
Rated 31 Jan 2022
88
90th
Before Before Sunrise, there was Marty. Warm and charming, with a surprising performance from Borgnine.
Rated 29 May 2011
70
41st
I like this director, he's got balls. Long takes, plenty of beautiful night-time location shots, a good sense of pace. It doesn't always work, but when it does it's very impressive.
Rated 23 Apr 2012
64
21st
Once again, I go into a movie penned by Chayefsky assuming I'd get blown away, but there was no awesomeness to be had. This is a very sad thing, considering I love Borgnine and Marty's character.
Rated 13 May 2024
77
86th
The movie bases itself on a mundane moral about how marriage is necessary for happiness which is both tiring and wrong. But it's also playing off of how people can be unreasonably judgmental about relationships and that you as an individual should dictate things base on individual judgement, which I liked. Though honestly, I think what really carries this is the charisma and personality Borgnine who sells the chemistry between the two leads and is consistently enjoyable to listen to.
Rated 23 Mar 2014
50
40th
A very curious Best Picture winner, especially in a sea of bloated, spectacle based garbage. Marty is a fine film, though it's effectively a filmed stage-play, to the point that it would probably work just as well as a radio drama. Borgnine is good and likable, but it doesn't really rise above its roots in TV drama. Watchable, if forgettable.
Rated 17 Sep 2019
96
91st
FINALLY saw this one, and yes Ernest Borgnine did a great job. Nice drama about a 35 year old man who had given up on love.
Rated 26 Apr 2016
7
66th
Short and real sweet. The plot might have suffered if not for Borgnine and Blair <3
Rated 07 Jan 2023
80
45th
Marty is a film that in isolation is not especially worthy of being a Best Picture and Palme d'Or double winner - the subject matter is relatively minor and the filmmaking is not perfect. But Borgnine gives a performance that was certainly worthy of the Best Actor award he won for this part, filling the screen every time he is present.
Rated 04 Jul 2013
70
47th
Good for you Marty.
Rated 26 Jun 2018
77
46th
B
Rated 11 Nov 2008
82
80th
11 Kasim 2008 - White House, Kas
Rated 14 Apr 2021
90
78th
I don't find this too meek for its Best Picture colleagues. Rather, I find this a refreshing detour from the overzealous epics and million-dollar pre-blockbuster blockbusters. This is slow, thoughtful, always concerned about character, and only rarely does it age detract from its rather sensitive nature. Borgnine is wonderful. A valiant effort to shake up the John Wayne leading man archetype.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
80
68th
Blair Brown is actually quite attractive. I like this movie anyway
Rated 18 Jul 2022
80
58th
Borgnine's charm helps to round out a thin script.
Rated 13 Feb 2021
68
55th
I'm not sure why I had always thought this was a comedy, but I am sure that that mistake is part of why I felt disappointed here. It's genuinely sweet, but there's just not a lot to it.
Rated 28 Feb 2016
9
42nd
Star Rating: ★★★
Rated 27 Jan 2012
75
54th
Good acting all-around, particularly from Borgnine, and writing; however, not good enough to overcome a few doldrums in the story. I wouldn't call Marty a masterpiece, but you could do worse.
Rated 23 Mar 2014
89
97th
89.000
Rated 15 Nov 2012
82
66th
Awww.
Rated 06 Jun 2023
78
95th
When you read the summary of "Marty," you may not feel interested in watching it. The story is about a lonely butcher constantly pressured by his mother to find a wife. But don't judge the movie too quickly. It is a well-crafted story that showcases the actors' skills in creating relatable characters that viewers can connect with.
Rated 12 May 2019
60
35th
What I learned: A man's purpose in life is to marry -- not to a "dog," if you can help it -- and have children. Although parts were pretty dated, this feel-good movie (with its well-picked cast) generally hits the right spots, showing us the awkwardness of a late-in-life romance (with the irony of contrasting it with a failed one throughout the middle). Would make an interesting double-feature with Diner (1982).
Rated 01 Jun 2017
60
54th
watched: 2017, 2023
Rated 30 Jan 2020
86
80th
Boy, that Paddy Chayefsky, he sure can write. Em honra do centenário de Delbert Mann. Levei todo esse tempo para assistir esse filme porque me soava como um daqueles eternos filmes medianos do oscar, mas eu estava enganada, brilhantemente escrito, não tem nada que não seja excepcional nele e não em como os introvertidos não o amarem, especialmente os oriundos de famílias italianas abusivas, é de lavar alma. BlurayRip RARBG.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
60
62nd
Great film.
Rated 24 Mar 2023
79
77th
Ernest Borgnine gives a worthy Oscar winning performance in this film. Betsy Blair is also outstanding in this film. The story is simple but it definitely works. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 13 Sep 2021
74
62nd
Marty's friend is such a twatbag.
Rated 23 Jun 2012
89
89th
89.000
Rated 04 Mar 2017
90
92nd
How could one not love this film? A bit silly at times, but that just adds to the warm character of the film.
Rated 15 Feb 2016
20
13th
God only knows why I thought watching a drama about a lovelorn Ernest Borgnine would be for me. I'm only leaving this review so I can come back later and remind myself of why I gave this a low score - I can revisit it and enjoy it in a different mood.
Rated 26 Mar 2014
75
44th
There are a few stand out moments that are unique to the film version, but all in all, the TV is much better.
Rated 21 Aug 2014
90
81st
This tidy little character study makes a warmhearted and charming story, with the kind of frank observation of ordinary folks that even now rarely make the screen. Save an abrupt conclusion, it's a spruce and gratifying movie.

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