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The Spirit of '45 Reviews

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Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

Loach's argument is often convincing, but it's also one-sided enough that his left-wing message feels as black and white as the film's monochromatic colour scheme.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 4, 2013
Alex Zane
Sun Online

The equivalent of your grandad lecturing you about how things aren't like they used to be.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2013
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Preaching to the choir.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A thin, misleading and sentimental account of history, and how we got from there to here.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 17, 2013
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

This is not so much a documentary as a barking mad Marxist fantasy.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 0/5

March 14, 2013
Stefan Pape

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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2013
Emma Simmonds
The List

This is undeniably an admirable film but it would have benefited from a little more of the titular spirit.

Full Review Source: The List

March 13, 2013
Kate Muir
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 30, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A thought-provoking history lesson.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2013
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

March 12, 2013
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Demanding balance from a Ken Loach film is a little like wanting a goat to do a handstand.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2013
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2013
Andrew Pulver

Films are rarely this committed or, indeed, persuasive.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2013
Tom Dawson
Total Film

It serves as a moving reminder of how, following the sacrifices of WWII, the British people collectively established a fairer society.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2013
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Often fascinating and impassioned, Loach's doc lapses into polemic towards the end, an understandable side-effect of his granite-strong convictions.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 10, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

This film reminds us that admiring the health service has become a distinctively patriotic virtue.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2013
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