• Wings
    1 minutes 52 seconds
    Added: Jan 13, 2012


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Wings Reviews

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

William Wellman's silent WW1 flying epic soars thrillingly while it's airborne, but on the ground it plods.

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

February 4, 2014
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A mixture of melodrama, sentimental romance and heavy-handed comedy, Wings was superbly choreographed with skilfully photographed stunt flying and aerial combat.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 1, 2014
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Not a very unique, nor an especially artistic production, for sure, but it is one heck of an outstanding picture.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

March 4, 2012
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

...the last of the grand studio epics of the silent film era.

Full Review Source: Parallax View

February 19, 2012
Dan Lybarger
KC Active

The main reason to see 'Wings' is some of the most jaw dropping areal footage ever shot. Keep in mind, these folks didn't have CGIs.

Full Review Source: KC Active | Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2012
Josh Bell

It's exactly the kind of movie the Academy still loves today.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2012
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

its unadorned sense of realism sets Wings apart from so many special-effects-laden action movies today that exchange pixels for stuntmen and computer logarithms for physical reality

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 23, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis big as they came in 1927, with a host of extras in the battle scenes and aerial footage that is often stunning.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

January 16, 2012

TIME Magazine
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The audience gulped down the plot as conventional but reliable stuff, watched with waning interest while spinning, swerving, dodging planes grew into confused monotony against a background of unpicturesque ether.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 17, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first Oscar winner for Best Picture was also the only silent film to win the Oscar.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

February 29, 2008

Empire Magazine

Clara Bow is mesmerising in this ahead-of-its-time air force drama.

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

February 20, 2008
Sid Silverman
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There not being so much of Clara Bow in the picture, or a straining for her to turn on that 'it' personality, she gives an all around corking performance.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Rather predictable but still quite watchable.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 12, 2006
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It won the first Academy Award for best picture back in 1927, establishing a tradition of silliness that hasn't been broken to this day, but there is some thrilling flying footage and impressively expensive spectacle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 12, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Above par effects (for the time) matched with decent performances make for a modestly entertaining picture.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2006

Time Out
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Long touted as a classic by cinema historians, and justifying almost every adjectival extravagance.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Emanuel Levy

Wings, the first Oscar winner, enjoyed the administration's support on the condition that it projects a positive image of the Air Force, thus emphasizing camaraderie and heroism.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

August 27, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

The classic war epic-meets-buddy-movie from which most others since have been derived.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 13, 2005
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Nice. Not thrilling, but nice.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2004
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

An early buddies-go-to-war story that still echoes in today's movies.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 16, 2004
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