...characters remain woefully underdeveloped.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The film's military detail is in most respects quite ludicrous.
Odd amalgam of a French film, starring a British, German, and American trio, directed by an American and written by three men from different countries.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Has almost become eclipsed by the thunder of Jean-Luc Godard's infamously rapturous tribute in the pages of Cahiers.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Contemplating the dangerous games men play with macho self-images, this survives as one of Ray's greatest works.
Bitter Victory shows Ray at the height of his powers, making beautiful use of his black-and-white Cinemascope frame.
| Original Score: 3/4
Fine thesping by Richard Burton leads a series of top performances by other members of large cast.
Nicholas Ray directs with an uncompromising austerity that puts the hypocrisy and the bitter inhumanity of war in focus...
It's one of Ray's more powerful films.
| Original Score: A-
There is a sense that while the men here are well-versed in the theories of war, they are clueless about the realities of combat.
| Original Score: 4/4
A brilliant, shamefully neglected war movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
The whole picture, deeply pessimistic and subversive, exerts a fierce grip.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nicholas Ray's direction of black-and-white CinemaScope, that freak child of the 50s, is consistently brilliant in this raw, confused masterpiece.
A starkly shot and probing inquiry into notions of cowardice and heroism.
The title tells all.