Gone With the Wind Reviews

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times
February 25, 2014

Running to nearly four hours and boasting at least three directors, this epic American Civil War romantic drama is more of a symbol of the Hollywood studio system than a mere movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stanley Kauffmann
The Atlantic
Top Critic
February 25, 2014

It's remarkable that after spending almost eight hours of my existence in front of this film, I can remember only two points vividly.

Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
November 24, 2013

Boasts epic visuals (the civil war, Atlanta on fire etc) as sweeping as Max Steiner's score.

Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
November 21, 2013

The performances of eternally glittering movie stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable ... exist in a league of their own, demanding rapt attention in scene after scene.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
November 17, 2013

Ginormous in both scale and emotional wallop, MGM's epic is still a cinematic event to be savoured.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 24, 2013

Gone With the Wind endures and deepens with the passing of time because Scarlett and Rhett are as modern as its open ending.

Jonathan Crocker
Total Film
February 24, 2013

Brimming with colour and passion, it pulls its emotional kick from tremendous performances, not least from Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable as the love-hate lovers.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Franz Hoellering
The Nation
January 18, 2013

The cast, in the main scenes as in the episodes, is excellent.

Cole Smithey
August 11, 2012

[VIDEO ESSAY] ...a closer reading finds a cutting commentary on the South's hypocritical, opportunistic, and racist attitudes that continue to infect American culture.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
July 9, 2011

The golden standard for classic Hollywood bombast, this one.

Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 27, 2011

If ever the phrase, "They don't make 'em like they used to" could fit a film, this is it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 7, 2010

The epic film that to this day stands as the benchmark against which all other epics are judged.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Bill Gibron
November 21, 2009

Gone with the Wind is still dated, but it's a dynamite kind of antiquity.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009

Coordinating six filming units at once and presiding over 50-hour editing sessions, [Selznick] subsisted on a regular diet of thyroid extract, Benzedrine, and B-12 shots.

Peter Bradshaw
February 19, 2008

It's impossible not to be carried away by the rich arterial force of this storytelling.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John C. Flinn Sr.
Top Critic
February 19, 2008

One of the truly great films, destined for record-breaking boxoffice business everywhere.

February 19, 2008

Grand old Hollywood at its most magnificent and melodramatic. Say what you like about the soapy characterisation and plotting, the spectacle flattens all in its wake.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
October 14, 2007

A lost Hollywood art: the epic melodrama.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
December 12, 2006

A critic-proof movie if there ever was one: it isn't all that good, but somehow it's great.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 17, 2006

Terrificly acted, staged and designed, Gone WIth the Wind remains one of the greatest period epics ever filmed.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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