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James Dean
Mr. Dean appears to be wearing my last year’s wardrobe and using my last year’s talent.
(Marlon Brando)
Actor, East of Eden (1955)
Kazan has apparently attempted to graft a Brando-type personality and set of mannerisms upon Dean, and the result is less than successful. This artful construction of a performance is not, to get Stanislavskian about it, building a character.
(Lee Rogow, Sturday Review)
It is the acting that will really get you down. We can begin with the performance of a youth called James Dean. He looks like a sort of miniature Gregory Peck, but he has obviously been going to a few movies featuring Marlon Brando. Sometimes he jumps up and down like a kangaroo, sometimes he giggles like a lunatic, and sometimes he is surly and offended. He's a hard man to decipher.
(John McCarten, New Yorker)
Actor, Giant (1956)
Dean made the young Jett Rink such a boor not even a wife more neurotic than the one Miss Taylor was portraying could have thought him attractive. Since Dean is dead I shall say nothing about his attempt to portray the mature Jett Rink except to say it is embarrassing to see.
(Courtland Phipps, Films in Review)
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