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Heroes for Sale Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This is also bracingly egalitarian, attacking the hypocrisy of communists and capitalists alike.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 5, 2014
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

January 24, 2014
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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 Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B+

January 5, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 4/4

February 17, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

July 12, 2009
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

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

Full Review Source: Parallax View

March 24, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide

June 5, 2014
Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
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Many a mystery is less bewildering than Heroes for Sale, which was not intended as a puzzler at all.

Full Review Source: New York Times

June 5, 2014
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