In Which We Serve Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
May 4, 2012
... an accomplished, sincere, and moving piece of filmmaking that honors the characters and involves the audience.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2012
Noel Coward, who also co-directed and wrote the script, brings weight and dignity to the role of Captain Kinross.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 16, 2012
a particularly memorable World War II British propaganda film, having successfully outlived its initial propagandistic value and solidified into a timelessly moving drama of human determination and tenacity
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 1, 2008
Though agit-prop and sentimental, this UK WWII drama is superior to Hollywood's patriotic flagwavers, and it's important historically, featuring the directorial debut of David Lean (with Noel Coward), who became a major international figure in the 1950s
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
January 10, 2008
Coward is at his peak in this patriotic, thoughtful WWII British production.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 6, 2007
Noel Coward performed with unexpected brilliance here as co-director, writer, musical composer, and star of this stirring WWII drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 6, 2007
No less than half a dozen credits for this film go to Noel Coward. And they're well earned.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 22, 2007
It's dated, but still holds up as one of the better flagwavers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 21, 2004
Coward's tribute to the Royal Navy during World War II is as stirring as it is human. He puts a face on war and those who fight it.
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Richard Luck
Film4
May 24, 2003
In Which We Serve is not only one of the greatest of all British war movies but also marks the mighty David Lean's first major contribution to cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
One of the most eloquent motion pictures of these or any other times had its American premiére at the Capitol Theatre last night.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 27, 2003
Sentimental, to be sure, and a tad too stiff-upper-lipped at times, but it is a moving portrait of a navy destroyer, the men who served on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Perhaps the most honored propaganda film of World War II, in which the survivors of a torpedoed British battleship recall their reasons for fighting through individual flashbacks.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Staged with what passed at the time for honest understatement, it now looks impossibly patronising, the epitome of stiff upper lip.
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