Gift Guide
Customer Reviews for

Carmen Jones

Average Rating 4
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Love Him, Leave Him

    High drama. Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge give great performances. You should also enjoy Pearl Bailey's wonderful singing voice. This movie has a nice plot as well as good character development. This is the story of classic "love." Dorothy Dandridge as a sultry factory worker seducing a young Harry Belafonte is worth a look-see.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Lovely Movie Experience!

    There are 2 kinds of people in the world-those who seek out the good and those who can't wait to critisize and point out everything that's wrong with something! This is a Hollywood musical-it's not meant to be Bizet's opera and if you approach it with the idea that it is you're going to be disappointed! Contrived? Of course it's contrived!-how often have you known anybody to break out in song when they are being carted off to jail. Again it's a Hollywood musical not Shakespeare! This film is great for an evening of escapism! See it, enjoy the music and draw your own conclusions. As far as it being filled with stereotypes-it's a film from a different time in America and not wanting to face that time doesn't change what it was! There will always be people in the world who wake up in the morning and can't wait to be offended by something or someone! See this film-it's great entertainment and entertainment is the key word here!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A memorable film accompanied by a great cast.

    Although it’s been some time since I last saw this film, it is on my "must have" list based on the wonderful musical score, the charismatic leads, and its importance as a vehicle for Black American talent at a time when racial discrimination was rife. Dandridge would have been a true Hollywood success story had her years in Hollywood been today. America was still hesitant to give black performers key roles in motion pictures. True, we had films such as Cabin in the Sky (1943) but where did that film go to? Otto Preminger must be credited for taking a big chance in making this all-black picture concerning Carmen Jones, who works in a parachute factory, and the soldier, Belafonte, who must escort her to the magistrate when she has broken the law. Dorothy Dandridge nailed this role as Carman Jones. She is catty, seductive, and has her men wrapped around her finger. Harry Belafonte is sensational as Joe, the naive soldier who becomes prey to Carman. It's interesting to watch Joe trying to tame the wild tendencies of Carman, while a love triangle grows outside of their relationship. It's like watching a cat on a hot tin roof. (oops, another great movie.) An added plus is the wonderful production numbers with dance choreography and songs. The costume, wardrobe, and props reflect the culture of city slickers and country folks, presenting the differences in lifestyles among characters. These differences became evident in Dorothy Dandridge performance, and earn her an Academy Award nomination for best actress. Halle Berry's Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actress in Monster's Ball reminded me of just how far we have come and how long it has taken to reach this stage of the journey! If you haven't yet seen Carmen Jones - take the time to view this milestone in American cinema history - you won't be disappointed.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All-black CARMEN's gimmick shows through

    ''Carmen Jones'' might have been ahead of its time in 1954, but it hasn't aged well. In an apparent effort to copy the success of George Gershwin's ''Porgy and Bess,'' famed musical writer Oscar Hammerstein 2nd ''modernized'' Bizet's opera ''Carmen'' with an all-black cast. Here, the story is that a Southern soldier's (Harry Belafonte) plans to marry his hometown sweetheart are sidetracked by orders to transport a feisty camp worker (Dorothy Dandridge in the title role) to a civilian jail. Carmen has a seamy reputation to which Joe seems oblivious, even when she sidetracks Joe to her home for a one-night stand. The next day, he finds a ''Dear Joe'' letter from Carmen and ends up in the brig for losing her. Up to this point, the story is fairly plausible. But Harry Kleiner's screenplay is so eager to connect the dots with the famous opera that the seams start to show. Carmen goes to her favorite nightclub hangout and then waits there--for a month!--for Joe's return, certain that the man whose life and engagement she ruined will come to reclaim her. Sure enough, he does. But a famous boxer comes to the bar and demands that Carmen return with him to Chicago, so she forgets about Joe and takes the offer. Then Joe decks his superior officer and goes AWOL with Carmen. And the story only gets more contrived from there. Having all of this acted out by an all-black cast was probably considered progressive 50 years ago. Because of that, the people who praise this movie seem happy to ignore its many stereotypes--particularly of black females who read playing cards to foretell their futures and drop their daily routines to follow any sweet-talking guy out of town. The actors are passable, but other than showing some skin, they do little to suggest the opera's smoldering passions. (Dandridge was Oscar-nominated for her role, but in hindsight, that seems hard to fathom.) The only cast member who suggests a real person is Pearl Bailey as Carmen's fast-talking friend. One wonders how much better the movie would hold up with Bailey as the good-timing lead. ''Carmen Jones'' might deserve some time-capsule kudos for its casting. Otherwise, what it most resembles is the ''Gilligan's Island'' segment where the castaways used ''Carmen's'' score just as arbitrarily to make a musical episode out of ''Hamlet.''

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1