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All Quiet on the Western Front Reviews

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July 24, 2020
Some moments are heavy-handed or exaggerated, with a bit of the dialogue serving as repetitious anti-war declarations, but there's a well-roundedness to the film in its actions and structuring.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 15, 2020
I find this Milestone war classic too powerful, it is filmed with prodigious sequences and intense sounds that make me feel as immersed in war as those desperate soldiers. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 21, 2020
The first bona-fide masterpiece of sound cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 27, 2020
The production and photography arc amazingly good, and the acting flawless.
January 27, 2020
No film yet produced has depicted the horror and waste of war more forcibly.
January 27, 2020
There is no question that this is a screen masterpiece. No film has ever been able to rivet the audience's attention and hold it literally spell bound In the manner of All Quiet.
January 27, 2020
Transcending the slaughter, the bursting shells, and the views of a countryside blasted by battle, there rises the human, personal element, which has been developed with a breadth and a passionate intensity that raise the play to the greatness of tragedy.
January 14, 2020
All Quiet is constructed with some attention to intervals, to time and even emotional quality. But directorial competence is not enough. The temper is lacking.
January 14, 2018
Lewis Milestone's groundbreaking war film is up with La Grande Illusion as one of the finest humanitarian antiwar movies ever made.
January 9, 2018
The lovely, terrible final image... is as heartbreaking in 1988 as it was a half century ago.
February 20, 2015
The performances are haunting.
February 17, 2015
So magnificent, so powerful, that it hardly behooves mere words to tell of its heart-rending appeal, of its dramatic fire, its breath-taking battle shots in which men stab and kill each other, for the glory of war.
March 24, 2014
It not only seeks to straddle the high dramatic of the silent era with the more staid aesthetics of the sound era, but it seeks to reveal wartime horror to such a heart-wrenching degree that it will undo war altogether.
January 13, 2014
The performances are also exemplary, but it is primarily a film of great moments -- the climactic sequence of the young conscript reaching out for a butterfly in the sun -- that, once seen, are never forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 11, 2013
The production values are incredibly high and not just for the time. And as the movie has aged and the film has gone grainier and the flickers increased, it almost adds to the effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 11, 2013
[A] fascinating, innovative early talkie.
May 25, 2012
The rawness of the audio eradicates any lingering notion that war is romantic or exciting, and at times suggests the very battered eardrums of those engaged in combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 22, 2012
The despair-and the artistry-is breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 27, 2012
Took an opportunity to question warfare and its civility long before the war protest film became popular in the 70s. It's dated, obviously, but still powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2010
A movie of timeless relevance and effects. Lew Ayres would never again equal his performance in this film version of the well-known anti-war novel.
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