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The Grapes of Wrath Reviews

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January 30, 2016
Though a little more political than its source material, the universal truths and the empathy it inspires rings louder than ever in this 1940 masterpiece.
½ January 22, 2016
Probably one of the worst and most boring stories I've ever seen. 10 thumbs down.
March 28, 2013
A saddening, but ultimately inspiring film with great performances and beautiful cinematography that deserves to be a Classic American drama.
January 14, 2013
A grim and depressing era of desperation with a group of hard, caring workers pushes through an unsettling and untrustworthy world of scam and ruling. Grapes of Wrath is touching and real with its audiences. The plot moves along well and the cinematography is sweeping. An excellent piece of American cinema!
Super Reviewer
½ May 13, 2014
Ford and Johnson were able to transpose Steinbeck's masterpiece into a splendid film that preserves the book's essence (even with a different, upbeat ending) without infringing the infamous rules of the Hays Code, yet it also feels a bit rushed and lacking in sufficient information (e.g., Noah vanishing without explanation).
½ August 5, 2013
When the most humanistic Hollywood director meets with the most realistic contemporary US novel on the Great Depression, John Ford's film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath is undoubtedly a masterpiece which will never become dated. Explicitly praising people's perseverance and upholding the strong stabilizing force of family, criticisms on modernization and injustice of capitalism, as well as the bond of motherland are addressed cordially, thanks to the excellent performance of the entire cast, especially Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, who played the pillar Ma Joad flawlessly.
½ October 21, 2015
A Powerful and intriguing film that portrays a dark chapter in american history.

Definitely derserves it's recognition as an american classic.
December 10, 2012
takes on a touch subject and i'm sure didn't make much $$ at that time
February 22, 2012
A stellar piece of depression-era Americana that is equal parts mesmerizing and devastating.
April 26, 2014
The Grapes of Wrath is a wonderful adaptation of the novel of the same name with a great direction by John Ford and a great performance by Henry Fonda!
March 12, 2015
Absolutely stunning and heartfelt look into the poverty and hardships felt during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression.
½ February 9, 2015
A pesar de la gran historia que nos estan contando algo no termina por cuajar. El elenco es de los mejores y nos entregan actuaciones de primera.
Tristemente algo no me termino de gustar y creo que fue su ritmo y sus 15 minutos de sobra.
½ January 20, 2015
Desgarrador film que revela las miserias humanas , con unos de los mejores dialogos en la historia del cine
January 4, 2015
The notoriously conservative John Ford's only venture out of his Western-filled comfort zone is a sympathetic but radical adaption of the John Steinbeck novel. After serving time in the penitentiary, Tom Joad rejoins with family in the peak of the depression, and is shocked and angered to see the deplorable conditions his family and others are suffering through. It's a bleak plea for work and the rights of the common people, yes, but a cinematic marvel as well, with Gregg Toland perfectly capturing the wide open spaces and sparse civilization of depression era America, and John Ford's ingenious use of candle light as the sole light-source in night-time scenes. Too often, movies from this era tend to show their over-pressed message with age, but the deep focus on its characters, brilliant performances and the stern writing give The Grapes of Wrath an immediate impact that'll never fade.
December 31, 2014
It's a story of a formal troublemaker, on parole, developing a rebellious nature against the way how the law were giving harsh and unfair treatment when witnessing such actions while traveling on the road with his family as their destination is to a chance of being able to create a living for themselves during the era of the Great Depression. An average John Ford film on the road than the dirt of the west with blandly bumps and mostly the same level of enjoyment based on the characterization and the nice spirits of family time being well-performed to express what they can do as whole. (B+)

(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
½ August 16, 2011
I honestly like the movie better than the book, but I still wish they would have included the book's ending.
½ December 13, 2014
a picture of how bitter life is in the other side of war
November 9, 2014
Finally got around to see this John Ford masterpiece. I meant to read Steinbeck's novel first but there are just too many books in front of it in the line. Can we clone Henry Fonda? That guy just oozes coolness.

Watch it along with Ken Burns' documentary, The Dust Bowl and then be happy with what you have today.
½ October 8, 2014
If it falls a bit short of the novel, that still doesn't keep this from being a socially-respondent masterpiece of classical Hollywood!
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