The Front Reviews

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Top Critic
January 26, 2006
An empty monument to the senility of American liberalism.
May 9, 2005
It recreates the awful noise of ignorance that can still be heard.
October 23, 2004
The tragedy implied by this character tells us what we need to know about the blacklist's effect on people's lives; the rest of the movie adds almost nothing else.
January 1, 2000
Ritt's direction is all sweaty close-ups and mismatched shots.
July 29, 2019
The few moments of authentic emotion and perfect setting don't manage to erase the excessively intellectual feel of the film, which alienates the public from the crucial moments of the story. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 27, 2014
The rich and deceptively radical The Front is given a justly rewarding transfer from Twilight Time, proving the film's deft handling of tone can be even more engrossing.
January 10, 2011
As directed by Martin Ritt and played by Woody Allen, this is a well intentioned but oversimplified tale, which is mostly useful as an historical reminder of a shameful chapter in Hollywood's blacklisting era
January 14, 2008
A pretty sluggish movie.
September 23, 2006
Although made by those who were punished by being blacklisted during that period, the film disappoints by being so politically mild.
April 5, 2006
Any reminder of the tribulations undergone by the blacklistees serves a useful and eye-opening purpose, but good intentions and a sense of martyrdom don't by themselves fill the glass.
April 5, 2006
Columbia TriStar Home Video's DVD delivers The Front in both full-frame and its original 1.85:1 (anamorphic). The 'film-like' print is clean and well defined, and the transfer is flawless.
November 1, 2005
October 9, 2005
June 15, 2005
May 10, 2004
The Front may not be all you need to know about the 1950's blacklist tragedy, but it's certainly one of the finest films ever made on the subject.
February 12, 2004
Forget Bill Murray and Jim Carrey. Zero Mostel's brutally moving performance in The Front shows you what a real "clown who cried" performance is made of.
February 12, 2004
Bernstein smartly suggests how capitalism actually benefited from the oppression of suspected communists.
February 8, 2004
January 18, 2004
Proves that no one can escape the long and intrusive arm of politics and evade involvement
January 16, 2004
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