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Bitter Victory Reviews

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Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 23, 2007
The film's military detail is in most respects quite ludicrous.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
Nicholas Ray's direction of black-and-white CinemaScope, that freak child of the 50s, is consistently brilliant in this raw, confused masterpiece.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
Contemplating the dangerous games men play with macho self-images, this survives as one of Ray's greatest works.

TV Guide
October 23, 2007
Odd amalgam of a French film, starring a British, German, and American trio, directed by an American and written by three men from different countries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 23, 2007
Fine thesping by Richard Burton leads a series of top performances by other members of large cast.
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
October 30, 2006
There is a sense that while the men here are well-versed in the theories of war, they are clueless about the realities of combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 5, 2006
It's one of Ray's more powerful films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The title tells all.
Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia
July 5, 2005
Nicholas Ray directs with an uncompromising austerity that puts the hypocrisy and the bitter inhumanity of war in focus...
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 25, 2005
Bitter Victory shows Ray at the height of his powers, making beautiful use of his black-and-white Cinemascope frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
April 9, 2005
A brilliant, shamefully neglected war movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
April 9, 2005
A starkly shot and probing inquiry into notions of cowardice and heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 9, 2005
The whole picture, deeply pessimistic and subversive, exerts a fierce grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
March 13, 2005
Has almost become eclipsed by the thunder of Jean-Luc Godard's infamously rapturous tribute in the pages of Cahiers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 26, 2005
...characters remain woefully underdeveloped.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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