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The Best Years of Our Lives Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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William Wyler's powerful, if cumbersome prestige picture ...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

June 3, 2014
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Profoundly and sensitively balances the private demons of scarred veterans and the press of public policies that leave their mark on daily life.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 2, 2014
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The nation's problems are right there in plain sight, just as clear as cinematographer Gregg Toland's typically precise deep-focus shots.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 1, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This enduring classic remains perhaps the best film ever made about the hardships endured by soldiers returning home from war.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 4/4

April 18, 2014
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...captures the sort of confusion, condescension and even revulsion faced by returning veterans, then and today.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 14, 2014
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

The underlying satirical nature of William Wyler's post-war paean to American soldiers returning home from World War II lurks throughout this beloved drama.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

July 16, 2013

Total Film

This is intelligent, liberal-minded Hollywood moviemaking at its most crafted -- if a tad overlong at just under three hours.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 15, 2013
James Agee
The Nation

The movie has plenty of faults, and the worst of them are painfully exasperating; yet this is one of the very few American studio-made movies in years that seem to me profoundly pleasing, moving, and encouraging.

Full Review Source: The Nation

September 14, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Fine movie for families with older kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 14, 2010
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Este belíssimo estudo sobre as seqüelas sociais e psicológicas da guerra (para não mencionar as físicas) permanece atual mais de 60 anos depois de seu lançamento, impressionando não só pelas atuações, mas também pelo virtuosismo estético.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 30, 2009

TIME Magazine
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Like most good mass entertainments, this picture has occasional moments of knowing hokum; but unlike most sure-fire movies, it was put together with good taste, honesty, wit -- and even a strong suggestion of guts.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 17, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I found it notable mainly because its massive 172 minutes are exclusively devoted to exploring characters, rather than showing any giant-sized, dazzling "epic" scenes.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 29, 2009
Elliott Stein
Village Voice
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Although it contains moving passages, Best Years is not much more than a conventional drama on the problems of servicemen attempting to adjust to life in postwar America, well served by an all-star cast and Toland's ingenious deep-focus setups.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 19, 2008

Film4

It may be corny, but you'd have to be a real cynic not to be drawn in.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 19, 2008
Abel Green
Variety
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One of the best pictures of our lives.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Surprisingly modern: lean, direct, honest about issues that Hollywood then studiously avoided.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

January 4, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the few films that deserved all the awards heaped on it from the Oscars.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

March 17, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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I'd call this the best American movie about returning soldiers I've ever seen -- the most moving and the most deeply felt.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 12, 2006
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The film is very proud of itself, exuding a stifling piety at times, but it works as well as this sort of thing can, thanks to accomplished performances by Fredric March, Myrna Loy, and Dana Andrews, who keep the human element afloat.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 12, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A biting look at the devestation caused by war on returning soldiers.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

October 24, 2006
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