The Big House Reviews

September 6, 2019
Dialogue cannot carry the mood, the film as a whole is the vehicle. The accusations therefore remain incidents -- passing and unemphatic. Whatever suggestion of social guilt they contain is dissipated by the events of the story, and their treatment.
March 3, 2019
George W. Hill expertly directed the film and some of the scenes with prisoners en masse are beautifully choreographed. I love how cinematographer Harold Wenstrom plays with light and shadow especially in the earlier part of the movie.
April 7, 2014
It's an outsized, abstracted version of everyday life circa 1930.
February 12, 2008
A good early prison drama with a strong, Oscar-nominated performance of Wallace Beery as a tough murderer; Beery took over after Lon Chaney's sudden death.
January 23, 2008
Despite its flaws, for those who love this genre it's a must see film.
June 25, 2005
Any niggling doubts about the film disappear in the last twenty minutes.
August 21, 2003
Great early prison drama from the ever-inventive George Hill.
July 30, 2003