The Front Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The tragedy implied by this character tells us what we need to know about the blacklist's effect on people's lives; the rest of the movie adds almost nothing else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Ritt's direction is all sweaty close-ups and mismatched shots.

Film4
May 24, 2003
It could have been a fierce sideswipe, but ends up a gentle swat.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
An empty monument to the senility of American liberalism.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 14, 2008
A pretty sluggish movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
February 12, 2004
Bernstein smartly suggests how capitalism actually benefited from the oppression of suspected communists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 6, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
May 10, 2004
The Front may not be all you need to know about the 1950's blacklist tragedy, but it's certainly one of the finest films ever made on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 19, 2003
A well-balanced story of McCarthyism.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 18, 2004
Proves that no one can escape the long and intrusive arm of politics and evade involvement
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 23, 2006
Although made by those who were punished by being blacklisted during that period, the film disappoints by being so politically mild.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 5, 2006
Any reminder of the tribulations undergone by the blacklistees serves a useful and eye-opening purpose, but good intentions and a sense of martyrdom don't by themselves fill the glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Offers the bonus of the reality of its makers' involvement, and one of the greatest closing lines in the history of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It recreates the awful noise of ignorance that can still be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 15, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 10, 2011
As directed by Martin Ritt and played by Woody Allen, this is a well intentioned but oversimplified tale, which is mostly useful as an historical reminder of a shameful chapter in Hollywood's blacklisting era
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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