Heroes for Sale Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 5, 2014

A hokey melodrama that is too far from reality to be enjoyed.

Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
Top Critic
June 5, 2014

Many a mystery is less bewildering than Heroes for Sale, which was not intended as a puzzler at all.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
June 5, 2014

This is also bracingly egalitarian, attacking the hypocrisy of communists and capitalists alike.

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 24, 2014

Not a gram of fat in Wellman's crazy, urgent, ribald Depression pamphlet

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 5, 2012

A Pre-Code Battle in Seattle... Heroes for Sale is not a perfect film, and not particularly interested in perfection, but really and truly, pretend this isn't a cliché: they don't make 'em like this anymore.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 17, 2011

An astonishment: a no-punches-pulled social history of America from World War I to 1933 that covers trench warfare, drug addiction, Communism, automation, labor riots, false imprisonment, xenophobia, bread lines and more.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 12, 2009

A satisfactory but vexing populist social conscience film from the Depression-era.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 24, 2009

The schizophrenic tone twists as much as the plot... but Wellman's gritty sensibility makes it simmer.

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