The Best Years of Our Lives Reviews

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April 20, 2020
Whenever The Best Years of Our Lives is scheduled to air on TCM, it's definitely worth the time to watch the classic.
February 6, 2020
The genius of Wyler as director of the Goldwyn screenplay is that he never lets his principals become mere symbols and succeeds marvelously in keeping their story from becoming fuzzy and too involved.
February 6, 2020
William Wyler, noted for his wise taste, keeps the balance adroitly between emotion and lusty humor. The dialogue is particularly skilled; and the whole production, from Gregg Toland's photograph, to the realist city backgrounds, has smooth distinction.
February 6, 2020
It is not often that a film that is heralded by a blast of trumpets lives up to Its reputation, but this picture does all that, and more.
February 6, 2020
Chalk up full marks for the superb acting of Fredric March, Teresa Wright, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, and Virginia Mayo.
February 6, 2020
The Best Years of Our Lives is a fine arid fascinating example of Hollywood craftsmanship in its most mellowly sentimental and richly observant mood.
July 10, 2019
If you haven't seen 'The Best Years of Our Lives' don't wait as long as I did to give it a watch. You will be rewarded by a moving story of love, family, and the ability of the human spirit to turn the worst years into the best.
June 22, 2019
The Best Years of Our Lives is full of visually poetic scenes that speak louder than words ever could.
February 16, 2019
This happy result is entirely due to the fact that... The Best Years of Our Lives is one of the most excellently made films to come from Hollywood for a long time.
October 6, 2017
By all rights, the homecoming drama The Best Years of Our Lives should have been another well intentioned film left to the dated dustbins of history, but World War II vet William Wyler put more soul into this picture than anything else in his career.
June 16, 2016
In our own era of continuous armed conflicts, innocent deaths and PTSD, the public's naiveté about the "glories" of war has long since faded to black...
February 22, 2015
William Wyler's heartbreaking postwar ballad seems even more radical today than it did in its Oscar-thick heyday. It's as non-propagandistic as an unemployment line.
February 22, 2015
The Best Years of Our Lives is one of the most timely and immediate Best Picture winners in Academy history, beating even Mrs. Miniver in terms of topicality.
February 17, 2015
As far as this review is concerned, it is the best picture to come out of Hollywood since the end of the war.
October 16, 2014
It's a masterpiece, a combination of a genuinely felt emotional narrative and a microcosm of a country recovering from war.
June 3, 2014
[A] powerful, if cumbersome prestige picture.
June 2, 2014
Profoundly and sensitively balances the private demons of scarred veterans and the press of public policies that leave their mark on daily life.
June 1, 2014
The nation's problems are right there in plain sight, just as clear as cinematographer Gregg Toland's typically precise deep-focus shots.
April 18, 2014
This enduring classic remains perhaps the best film ever made about the hardships endured by soldiers returning home from war.
April 14, 2014
...captures the sort of confusion, condescension and even revulsion faced by returning veterans, then and today.
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