The Elusive Corporal Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 6, 2011
Follows along the lines of the director's The Grand Illusion, but without that film's depth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
April 26, 2007
The tone is light and the repeated escape attempts are played with a comic undertone, yet behind the humor is the feeling of dignity lost...

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 30, 2006
Renoir draws a connection both to his past as a filmmaker and to Paris' past, emphasizing the senseless repetition of war and the timeless universality of man's fight for liberty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
This late addition to Renoir's impressively wide-ranging oeuvre is nevertheless suffused with the same warm and generous humanism as the great Règle du Jeu or Grande Illusion.
Emanuel Levy
August 11, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 10, 2005
Tthe trace of philosophical implication makes it worth more than lightly passing through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
This is a slight and sentimental tale from Renoir, for the most part played for laughs, but it is informed with a trademark humanism that is evident in his greatest work.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
An ironic comedy of fake French heroics and real French heroism, the film is delicate and witty and features a delightful performance from Jean-Pierre Cassel.
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