Back to 1942 Reviews

Top Critic
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
November 30, 2012
"Back to 1942" shows the director's mastery of chaotic spectacle, massed human motion and elegant camera movements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2012
Director Feng Xiaogang captures the epic scale of the exodus as well as the often-harrowing details, yet emotional connection proves more elusive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
November 29, 2012
A chronicle of unrelenting misery, sorrow and human degradation that has powerful moments but is hardly uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
November 29, 2012
It catalogs agony without making you feel it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Jay Weissberg
Variety
November 29, 2012
Shifting between individual suffering (performed, not felt) and extended political and business deliberations, the pic displays its budget but not its heart.
Top Critic
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
November 29, 2012
There is surprisingly little emotional resonance with the well-drawn and acted characters, making it a tiring two and a half hour trek for filmgoers who don't have a stake in the history it recounts.