La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) Reviews

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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May 16, 2012

Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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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
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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April 5, 2012

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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February 8, 2012

It's still one of the key humanist expressions to be found in movies: sad, funny, exalting, and glorious.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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February 8, 2012

It's an excellent film, with Renoir's usual looping line and deft shifts of tone, though today the balance of critical opinion has shifted in favor of the greater darkness and filigree of The Rules of the Game.

Variety Staff
Variety
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March 26, 2009

An artistically masterful feature, the picture breathes the intimate life of warriors on both sides during the [First] World War.

Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Renoir films have a way of talking about one thing while being about another.

Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
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June 12, 2003

Renoir has created a strange and interesting film, but he owes much to his cast.

| Original Score: 3/5
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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January 1, 2000

I can't comment yet again on this magnificent work except to say that its account of French prisoners in German hands during World War I seems now even more soaringly elegiac.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 1, 2000

... the camera doesn't point or intrude, but glides.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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January 1, 2000

... Renoir, the grand humanist filmmaker, spoke for all that's best about people at a time when people were in danger of becoming their worst.

Full Review | Original Score: A