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.
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.
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