The Grapes of Wrath Reviews

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
April 1, 2013
Powerful look at the Depression and the poor.
Franz Hoellering
The Nation
January 14, 2013
The Grapes of Wrath is Hollywood's most distinguished offering.
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Otis Ferguson
The New Republic
August 29, 2012
Movies will probably go on improving and broadening themselves; but in any event, The Grapes of Wrath is the most mature picture story that has ever been made, in feeling, in purpose, and in the use of the medium.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
Back when they adapted serious literature for the big screen, the results were equally impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Classic John Steinbeck adaptation is still powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
November 22, 2010
The Grapes of Wrath is flawed, but it captures that shiver of panic that grips anyone for whom the money for the next meal is unknown.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

April 27, 2009
This 1940 film is one of the best literary adaptations ever (and one of the quickest too -- it was in theaters within a year of the book's publication).
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2009
Ford's admirers have rightly tended to play this down in favor of his later and more personal westerns, but there's much to admire here in Gregg Toland's sun-beaten photography and Henry Fonda's meticulous performance.
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Whittaker Chambers
TIME Magazine
April 27, 2009
The Grapes of Wrath is possibly the best picture ever made from a so-so book.
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March 26, 2009
It is an absorbing, tense melodrama, starkly realistic, and loaded with social and political fireworks.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
October 30, 2006
What really solidifies the greatness of The Grapes of Wrath is Ford's ability to blend the personal and political without causing damage to either characters or themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Mark Bourne
April 17, 2006 proves that a Hollywood film can be both socially engaged and a work of lasting, entertaining art.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Captures the stark plainness of the migrants, stripped to a few possessions, left with innumerable relations and little hope.
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2005
John Ford won a direcing Oscar for this adaptation of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning novel, which features great cinematography by Toland and one of Henry Fonda's most iconic roles.
Full Review | Original Score: A-

Empire Magazine
April 6, 2005
Cinematographer Gregg Toland perfectly captures the wide open spaces and big skies of rural America, while the normally conservative Ford puts forward a sympathetic but radical plea for workers' rights and freedom for the common people.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 2, 2004
Stunning masterpiece about poverty in California is still relevant today
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
July 29, 2004
Like a grand Biblical epic, John Ford's film is a triumph on both the political and personal levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Jeremy Heilman
June 6, 2004
Ford delivers Steinbeck's message intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 19, 2004
Director John Ford keeps the action moving while using strikingly poignant images and staying true to the novel's political message.
| Original Score: A
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
May 13, 2004
A perpetual elegy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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