Box art for Singin' In The Rain

Singin' In The Rain

comedy


Gene Kelly ("An American in Paris") stars as a Hollywood star of the silent era who finds his career jeopardized when he and his shrill-voiced leading lady must appear in a talkie together.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    100%
  • Audience Score
    95%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Often considered the finest musical of all time.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Singin' in the Rain is widely considered to be the best Hollywood musical ever made, and while it's on and working its magic, that's hard to dispute. There's some flirting and kissing and brief incidents of smoking and drinking, and some characters argue. The characters are a bit on the rowdy and/or naughty side here and there, but they're good-hearted and good-natured at the core. This movie will make anyone's day, provided kids are about 6 or older.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the history of movies and the period in which silent movies gave way to "talkies." What were some of the problems? What were some of the benefits?
  • How is this Singin' in the Rain different from modern films? What is it missing? Does it still entertain modern audiences?
  • Are there any role models in this film? If so, who and why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Compounded generously of music, dance, color, spectacle and a riotous abundance of Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen and Donald O'Connor on the screen, all elements in this rainbow program are carefuly contrived and guaranteed to...put you in a buttercup mood.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh:

- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: One of the shining glories of the American musical.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Audience Reviews

5 stars

The classic of all classics when it comes to musicals. A wonderful film that is light, entertaining, very funny, with priceless dialogue and fantastic choreographies - and where even an out-of-place Broadway number is delightful enough to make us forgive it for being there.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, November 24, 2012

5 stars

The classic of all classics when it comes to musicals. A wonderful film that is light, entertaining, very funny, with priceless dialogue and fantastic choreographies - and where even an out-of-place Broadway number is delightful enough to make us forgive it for being there.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, November 24, 2012

5 stars

I can't say a bad word about this classic - in addition to making me smile the whole way through, it's a film about the film industry. Donald O'Connor nearly steals the show with his zany supporting role, and Gene Kelly is magical in the lead, walking that line between musical corny and believably sincere. The songs endure, and - perhaps the film's biggest surprise - the visuals are varied, and gigantic, and stunning. One for the ages, jam-packed with love and life and laughter. It's beautifully done.

- danperry17, Friday, October 19, 2012