one of Lubitsch's greatest works and one of the most inventive anti-Nazi films to emerge from Hollywood
| Original Score: 4/4
Singing "Heil pbbt!" right in Der Fuehrer's face was certainly an act of resistance, and Lubitsch, Benny, Lombard, and company sure knew how to carry the tune.
| Original Score: 8/10
To Be or Not to Be has all the hallmarks of a Lubitsch comedy: a solidly constructed plot, good comic pacing, a light touch, and strong performances from top to bottom. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Lubitsch understood at the time, even if many critics and filmgoers didn't, that all those elements and all that rule-breaking make To Be Or Not To Be brilliant.
| Original Score: 5/5
A masterpiece satire around the Second World War is more likely to be appreciated now after some distance.
To Be is a very funny comedy, salted to taste with melodrama and satire.
Lubitsch's guidance provides a tense dramatic pace with events developed deftly and logically throughout.
It's certainly one of the finest comedies ever to come out of Paramount.
Royalties from Springtime for Hitler in Germany outta be sent to Lubitsch's family.
| Original Score: 81/100
Like Chaplin before him in The Great Dictator, Lubitsch aimed a wet raspberry in Der Fuhrer's face.
One of film's great farces.
| Original Score: A
Lubitsch carefully mixes his usual brand of sophisticated humor with a bit of bittersweet.
Jack Benny's best, a fun WWII comedy directed by Lubitsch. And it has Lombard.
| Original Score: 5/5
The famed "Lubitsch touch," whatever it really was, was never put to a more formidable test
the last hour is satiric perfection.
A masterpiece. ... Hurtling forward with its dizzying blend of laughs and intrigue, the movie's blessed with a script that's jam-packed with memorable quips (some laced with naughty double entendres), with most of the best ones handed over to Benny.
To Be or Not to Be is a delightfully comic take on a dreadfully momentous topic.
simultaneously hilarious and chilling
| Original Score: 4/5
To Be or Not to Be's wit continues to be overshadowed by its touchy plot.
Jack Benny's best movie.
Lubitsch uses a myriad of hilarious situations and entertaining characters to provide the backdrop to his reflective meditation on the horrors of tyranny.