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Cavalcade Reviews

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June 16, 2016
The unholy joy of war
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 18, 2015
Despite the old fashioned, mawkish tone, I found the story to have a cumulative effect on me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
A gloriously, heart-rendingly beautiful, stirring picture of a generation in British family life.
Witney Seibold
March 28, 2014
I can only glean that Cavalcade's obscurity is owed largely to the fact that it's just not that great a movie.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
February 11, 2014
Critics at the time loved this rather sanctimonious jaunt through history. Seen from the vantage point of post-Second World War egalitarianism, however, it all appears quaint and riddled with accepted class differences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 12, 2013
It's hard not to see Cavalcade today as a corny contraption... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 9, 2013
As drama it gets a little too soapy and the jumps in time can seem abrupt, but "Cavalcade" really does convey a sense of history and historical periods.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
February 19, 2013
It's rife with fey, unintentional camp like the scene in which a newlywed couple pledge eternal love on the deck of an ocean liner -- only to move away and reveal a life preserver labeled Titanic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
Almost certain to be near the top of the list for 1933.
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Variety Staff
January 28, 2008
This is the first big film out of the Fox studio since Sheehan's return there and this is a big picture from and on every angle.

TV Guide
December 12, 2006
A rare beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 17, 2006
A loose collection of unfortunate events strung together to make a feature film sadly lacking a coherent theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 1, 2006
Very much a part of our cinema heritage, Cavalcade deserves to be remembered more than it has been.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Nary a tear-jerking trick is missed (our family loses one son to the Titanic, the other to World War I), and the strangulation is compounded by the staginess since the film.
Emanuel Levy
June 15, 2005
The first soap opera to win the Best Picture Oscar, Cavalcade, based on Noel Coward's long-running play tells the 30-year saga of a upper-class British family that loses both sons, the older in the Titanic tragedy, the younger in WWI.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 15, 2005
[A] delightful, passionate drama.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 18, 2003
It's all very stiff-upper-lip stuff, but 70 years after it was made, it still remains a very rousing, moving experience.
| Original Score: 4.5 / 5

May 24, 2003
Manipulating the audience's emotions in the best tear-jerking tradition, this lavish production looks and feels great, but if you manage to survive the psychological warfare till the bitter end, you will feel empty and short-changed.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It is a most affecting and impressive picture.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 25, 2003
A creaky tearjerker filled with shrill messages about patriotism and anti-war feelings...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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