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The Best Years of Our Lives Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
Witney Seibold
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.
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
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.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 16, 2014
It's a masterpiece, a combination of a genuinely felt emotional narrative and a microcosm of a country recovering from war.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 3, 2014
[A] powerful, if cumbersome prestige picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
This enduring classic remains perhaps the best film ever made about the hardships endured by soldiers returning home from war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
April 14, 2014
...captures the sort of confusion, condescension and even revulsion faced by returning veterans, then and today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
July 16, 2013
The underlying satirical nature of William Wyler's post-war paean to American soldiers returning home from World War II lurks throughout this beloved drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

Total Film
February 15, 2013
This is intelligent, liberal-minded Hollywood moviemaking at its most crafted -- if a tad overlong at just under three hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Agee
The Nation
September 14, 2012
The movie has plenty of faults, and the worst of them are painfully exasperating; yet this is one of the very few American studio-made movies in years that seem to me profoundly pleasing, moving, and encouraging.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
October 14, 2010
Fine movie for families with older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 30, 2009
Este belíssimo estudo sobre as seqüelas sociais e psicológicas da guerra (para não mencionar as físicas) permanece atual mais de 60 anos depois de seu lançamento, impressionando não só pelas atuações, mas também pelo virtuosismo estético.
| Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
Like most good mass entertainments, this picture has occasional moments of knowing hokum; but unlike most sure-fire movies, it was put together with good taste, honesty, wit -- and even a strong suggestion of guts.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 29, 2009
I found it notable mainly because its massive 172 minutes are exclusively devoted to exploring characters, rather than showing any giant-sized, dazzling "epic" scenes.

February 19, 2008
It may be corny, but you'd have to be a real cynic not to be drawn in.
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Abel Green
February 19, 2008
One of the best pictures of our lives.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 4, 2008
Surprisingly modern: lean, direct, honest about issues that Hollywood then studiously avoided.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 17, 2007
One of the few films that deserved all the awards heaped on it from the Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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