The Spirit of '45 Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 30, 2013
A fond postcard from Ken Loach from the era when British socialism with a democratic spirit gripped the nation in a post-war embrace. His sense of cinema serves him well and he knows how to elicit emotions with the various tools at his disposal
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
March 20, 2013
The veteran director Ken Loach hoists the red flag with The Spirit of '45, a polemical documentary filled with hope and heroism, which takes a look at the resurrection of Britain after the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
March 15, 2013
Using eloquent archive footage and contemporary interviews not exactly representative of the other side of the argument, Loach hammers his points home one by one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 15, 2013
A thought-provoking history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 14, 2013
This film reminds us that admiring the health service has become a distinctively patriotic virtue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
March 14, 2013
Demanding balance from a Ken Loach film is a little like wanting a goat to do a handstand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
March 14, 2013
The Spirit of '45 is an important piece of cinema to go and see, and one that truly represents the essence of Britain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 13, 2013
The unspoken, underlying truth beneath Loach's tenor is that every government has successes and failures, while all enduring issues of fairness surely ought to be seen as non-political.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
March 13, 2013
This is at its strongest when celebrating the simple fairness and basic decency of the welfare state and ends on an optimistic note.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
March 13, 2013
This is undeniably an admirable film but it would have benefited from a little more of the titular spirit.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 12, 2013
The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 10, 2013
Often fascinating and impassioned, Loach's doc lapses into polemic towards the end, an understandable side-effect of his granite-strong convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
March 1, 2013
It serves as a moving reminder of how, following the sacrifices of WWII, the British people collectively established a fairer society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
February 11, 2013
Films are rarely this committed or, indeed, persuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 17, 2013
A thin, misleading and sentimental account of history, and how we got from there to here.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
March 14, 2013
This is not so much a documentary as a barking mad Marxist fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
March 14, 2013
The equivalent of your grandad lecturing you about how things aren't like they used to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 14, 2013
The film ends up as a tale told by an ideologue, full of sound and fury, of question-begging certitudes and the siege engines of self-righteousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 14, 2013
Preaching to the choir.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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