A warm and winning film, full of the sort of candid comment on plain, drab people that seldom reaches the screen.
Bosley Crowther - New York Times
Paddy Chayevsky's script, adapted from his own TV play, shows his flair for dialogue at its best, and the film manages to be touching, if minor.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
It's a warm, human, sometimes sentimental and an enjoyable experience.
Ronald Holloway - Variety
Ernest Borgnine as Marty lives up to all the promise he showed as the sadist in From Here to Eternity, and at the same time brilliantly shatters the type-cast he molded for himself in that picture.
- TIME Magazine
Enormously influential, it spawned Hollywood's interest in smaller scale, prosaic dramas, few of which failed to match its resonance.
- Empire Magazine
Chayevsky's TV drama transferred effortlessly to cinema.
Dowdy but winning and poignant.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Ernest Borgning and Betsy Blair are the highlights of this short and unassuming picture about the trials of love and family.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It does have doggy charm and a certain perceptiveness.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Too self-conscious by half, the film both invites you in and makes you wonder if it's not all a trick.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Delbert Mann's Oscar-winner is realistic in attention to detail to working class milieu, but it patronizes its "little" people.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
A bravura performance from Borgnine
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Tragicomic and simple, Marty's celebrated status is rightly earned, but it may be a bit to naive and simplistic for today's hard-bitten audiences.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Ernest Borgnine can act!?!?!? He was great in this classic tale about a guy who thinks love is unattainable.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Um filme simples e eficaz.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Rebecca Murray - About.com
A solidly crafted work that still pleases.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Loaded with believably endearing characters, Marty is charming, if stagebound,
Dan Lybarger - Kansas City Star
One of the most amazing portrayals of an average Shmoe you could ever imagine. Ernest Borgnine is lovable, disgusting, creepy and just a great guy.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Marty is one of those straightforward, no-frills films that shoots directly to the dead-true point.
Anita Schmaltz - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
David Poland - Hot Button
This film is unusual in that it is so quiet and unassuming -- like its title character -- that you don't realize how impressed you are until the film is nearing its conclusion.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Marty (1955) is the poignant, simple character study of a lonely, unmarried, lovelorn middle-aged son who still lives with his love-smothering mother. By film's end,
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
A compelling and thoughtful film, its strong performances by Borgnine and Blair alone would make it a must see.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher