The acting is strong, and Arthur Miller's Oscar-winning photography gives the images a spooky luster, but a little bit of Ford's salt-of-the-earth piety goes an awfully long way.
| Original Score: B
A screen version of such a book is a bold project, but Darryl Zanuck as producer and John Ford as director have succeeded in capturing to a remarkable degree the atmosphere of the novel.
Because his recollections ring true, they are certain to evoke a similar nostalgia in all but the most slab-sided of moviegoers.
Beat out the much superior Citizen Kane for the Oscar for Best Picture.
This John Huston film [is] typically epic with a faithful screenplay to Richard Llewellyn's famous novel.
| Original Score: 4/5
How Green Was My Valley is one of the year's better films, a sure-fire critic's picture and, unlike most features that draw kudos from crix, this one will also do business.
A complex account of family life and strife that takes in traumas, hardships, romances, conflicts and the odd happy moment without ever sentimentalizing or becoming unbelievable.
Expert performances from Donald Crisp, Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, and a host of brilliant character actors enhance a magnificent movie experience.
[Its] moralizing is dishonest and at times offensive. No matter how effectively a story is told, it's hard to buy into one that so often deceives its audience.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Emotionally effective if also sentimental evocation of working class life in a Welsch mining community, reaffirming John Ford's populist ideology and strong belief in the family as society's most important institution
| Original Score: B+
Life in the working class generally determines where your life will lead. A young boy with the chance to break out realizes where his future is supposed to be.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
An elegant and eloquent film, nevertheless, even if the characteristically laconic Fordian poetry seems more contrived here.
The tough, but highly sentimental John Ford was one of the few great cinema artists who was appreciated in his time.
| Original Score: 4/4
A tedious working class drama that did not deserve the accolades it received.
| Original Score: 70/100
While I can't say How Green Was My Valley is the most enjoyable movie ever, it's definitely well-made, and sticks with you.
| Original Score: 4/5
You can never expect to see a film more handsomely played.
| Original Score: 3/5
Despite the exquisitely written script, one could watch this film with the sound off and understand the story completely, so strong is Ford's command of visual language.
Valley still strikes me some kind of virgin artifact, a relic cast in mythology before it was even born.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A bit sad, often tragic, it seems like a downer of a film to win a Best Picture, and many think it doesn't hold up to "Citizen Kane" but that's not true. It's a classic.
| Original Score: 3/4
The maudlin sentiment wars with the gorgeous visuals and eventually subsumes them.
| Original Score: 2/5