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La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
September 6, 2014
...highlights the absurdity of war, or possibly the absurdity of civilized behavior when war is going on just outside.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
Back in 1952, both Orson Welles and David Lean cited the movie as one of their 10 all-time favorite films. Still, not everyone was a fan: Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's rat-faced Minister of Propaganda, declared it "Cinematic Public Enemy No. 1."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 15, 2012
often contrasted to All Quiet on the Western Front which has a similar message but told with a very different perspective
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 10, 2012
Like Universal's Oscar winner 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (1930), 'La Grande Illusion' was banned in Germany by Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels. See it and sing 'La Marseillaise.'
Full Review | Original Score: A
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
July 6, 2012
See it and you may begin to appreciate the sorts of standards for greatness that the cinema is capable of setting.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 20, 2012
a monumental humanist work
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 7, 2012
It's among the most understated anti-war films ever made, effortlessly humanistic but far too subtle to indulge in preaching.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 7, 2012
Its very simplicity of utterance gives it a purity that makes other films that try to express similar sentiments feel forced and obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
A model of simplicity and grace, with emotional effects that move you when you least expect it, the kind of great film that only a master can pull off.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
May 8, 2012
Funny, heart-wrenching, nail-biting, caustic and profound, touting the futility of armed combat while turning imprisonment and escape into a microcosm for society's aspirations and contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 7, 2012
Renoir's 1937 anti-war masterpiece created a new genre, the POW movie, and with his 1939 La Règle du jeu constitutes a diptych of unparalleled excellence.
April 6, 2012
A timeless classic of acting and filmmaking genius that uses the artificiality of war to explore the very construct of society, and is a classic must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 6, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

This is London
April 6, 2012
The great illusion is that these men of the officer class are somehow different from the masses who suffered the bloodiest of wars. Renoir proves that they are not.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 5, 2012
A vividly humanist, anti-war classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 5, 2012
A sorrowful, acutely thoughtful, and wholly imperishable masterpiece...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jack Jones
Little White Lies
April 5, 2012
Tragic. Moving. Funny. A pure joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 5, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Hannah McGill
The List
April 4, 2012
The film makes its moral point about the futility of combat by emphasising the interconnectedness of all humanity via such shared experiences as hunger, desire and friendship. It's also a ripping yarn with a vein of charming and sometimes risqué humour.
Alison Frank
Electric Sheep
April 3, 2012
La Grande Illusion retains its power as an example of European camaraderie and co-operation.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 16, 2012
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
May 11, 2012
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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