All Quiet on the Western Front

1930

All Quiet on the Western Front

Critics Consensus

Director Lewis Milestone's brilliant anti-war polemic, headlined by an unforgettable performance from Lew Ayres, lays bare the tragic foolishness at the heart of war.

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Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat.

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Critic Reviews for All Quiet on the Western Front

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13)

  • Lewis Milestone's groundbreaking war film is up with La Grande Illusion as one of the finest humanitarian antiwar movies ever made.

    Jan 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The lovely, terrible final image... is as heartbreaking in 1988 as it was a half century ago.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The performances are haunting.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • So magnificent, so powerful, that it hardly behooves mere words to tell of its heart-rending appeal, of its dramatic fire, its breath-taking battle shots in which men stab and kill each other, for the glory of war.

    Feb 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The despair-and the artistry-is breathtaking.

    May 22, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • From such grisly materials the popular cinema is rarely drawn. The film is monumental in the courage that risked its manufacture.

    Feb 17, 2009 | Full Review…

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