Way Down East Reviews

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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
With the gathering together of a relatively small cast and less than half a dozen stellar film artists, D.W. has taken a simple, elemental, old-fashioned, bucolic melodrama and milked it for 12 reels of absorbing entertainment.
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
January 26, 2006
[Lillian Gish's] virtuoso performance makes the heroine's growth from gullible innocence to bitter experience credible.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Through his star, Lillian Gish, Griffith gives the story an emotional power that lifts this 1920 silent feature to the level of a folktale; it becomes something simple, strong, and timeless.
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Mark Adamo
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What's amazing is that so much of Gish's tough, funny, intuitive performance, particularly in the film's middle section as she bears her illegitimate child, transcends time, place and technology.