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A Farewell To Arms Reviews

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Philip Roth
The New Republic
January 23, 2013
Perhaps what is most irritating about the film is that too many times an exciting scene of Hemingway's is shucked out in favor of a distressingly inferior one invented (if I may indulge the Muse a moment) by Ben Hecht, who is responsible for the script.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Sweep and frankness alone don't make a great picture; and Farewell suffers from an overdose of both.
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
May 15, 2005
We have David O. Selznick to blame for this bloated two-hour-plus Technicolor remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 15, 2005
The exaggerated production values overrun everything, including director Charles Vidor, who hardly seems to know which way to turn.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 8, 2005
One of David O. Selznick's many attempts to shape his lady-love Jennifer Jones' largely immutable mug into the face that launched a thousand cinematic ships.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
This film, for all its size and color, doesn't do much more by Hemingway's book than was done by the sentimental version of it played by Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper some twenty-five years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 4, 2009
Selznick's last film as producer is a vastly disappointing remake of the superior 1932 version of Hemingway's novel, a sentimental, overblown production with stiff performances from Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A padded Ben Hecht script and Selznick's invariable tendency to overkill are equally to blame.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 23, 2013
An overblown Hollywood extravaganza that was universally condemned when first released and hasn't improved with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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TIME Magazine
January 23, 2013
What Hemingway wrote as an interlude of amorous flutes and distant drums, Producer David 0. Selznick has scored for brass.
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