Opening

63% The Maze Runner Sep 19
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
43% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
93% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

11% No Good Deed $24.3M
70% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
35% The November Man $2.8M
35% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

70% The Equalizer Sep 26
71% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
84% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

New Episodes Tonight

91% Doctor Who: Season 8
—— Hell on Wheels: Season 4
40% Intruders: Season 1
90% Outlander: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

82% Girl Meets World: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
53% Z Nation: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
90% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
79% You're the Worst: Season 1

Oh! What a Lovely War

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

tomatometer

No Score Yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 2

audience

75

liked it
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 773

My Rating

Movie Info

Oh! What a Lovely War is an every-man-for-himself adaptation of Charles Chilton's 1963 play, as staged in London by Joan Littlewood. The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms, beginning with a verbal free-for-all involving the Crowned Heads of Europe. The war is presented as the "new attraction" at the Brighton Amusement Pier, complete with syrupy cheer-up songs, shooting galleries, free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead. Throughout the proceedings, the camera

Nov 7, 2006

Paramount Pictures

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3)

It is an elaborately staged tableau, a dazzling use of the camera to achieve essentially theatrical effects. And judged on that basis, Richard Attenborough has given us a breathtaking evening.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic IconTop Critic

An often too-clever, sometimes moving piece.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

[Attenborough] has chosen to make a big, elaborate, sometimes realistic film whose elephantine physical proportions and often brilliant all-star cast simply overwhelm the material with a surfeit of good intentions.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Dedicated, exhilarating, shrewd, mocking, funny, emotional, witty, poignant and technically brilliant.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The huge potential of this all-star vehicle was mainly squandered through a lack of subtlety or irony.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Stylised, satirical and ultimately moving.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's a mammoth shame that this film has slipped down the back of the sofa of movie history.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This 1969 classic features some top names from movie history, including the late Laurence Olivier and British greats Maggie Smith and Ian Holm, and impressively staged music hall songs.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Richard Attenborough's directorial debut is a sprawling, highly stylized musical satire of WWI featuring some of Britain's very finest actors.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An impressive debut from Richard Attenborough, made memorable by its all-star cast and incredible final shot.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

An anti-war musical whose originality has never been successfully repeated.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Remains the most interesting and daring film Attenborough ever made.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Oh! What a Lovely War

A strange and interesting Great War film that presents the conflict as, among other things, a garish seaside carnival to which everyone wanted a ticket. More than many films I've seen based on plays, this one incorporates elements of staging you'd expect from the theatre without any ill effects; in some scenes, it's like there's a camera in the theatre and you can see literal set pieces, while others (increasingly, as the film goes on) immerse you in the action you'd need to mostly imagine were you in a theatre. I also found in places that the film's sense of the absurd (if not its hilarity) rivalled that of Monty Python. Do we call it a satire? I think so... but its project of laying bare the conflict's human cost and its deference to the symbolic value of the poppy and the increasingly fatalistic songs of the soldiers is worth noting, too. In all it's not an overly exciting movie to watch, but it's a rich and layered document that ought to survive.
December 18, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Oh! What a Lovely War on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

Maze Runner is Better than Average

Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg

What are his Five Favorite Films?

Hunger Games
Hunger Games

New Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

Talk Like a Pirate Day
Talk Like a Pirate Day

Memorable pirates picture gallery

Foreign Titles

  • Ah! Dieu que la guerre est jolie (FR)
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile