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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
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 14, 2008
A pretty sluggish movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2006
Although made by those who were punished by being blacklisted during that period, the film disappoints by being so politically mild.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 12, 2004
Bernstein smartly suggests how capitalism actually benefited from the oppression of suspected communists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2004
Proves that no one can escape the long and intrusive arm of politics and evade involvement
May 24, 2003
It could have been a fierce sideswipe, but ends up a gentle swat.
March 19, 2003
A well-balanced story of McCarthyism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2002
Offers the bonus of the reality of its makers' involvement, and one of the greatest closing lines in the history of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Ritt's direction is all sweaty close-ups and mismatched shots.
November 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
August 6, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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