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The Great Escape Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 23, 2014
This is a Boys' Own Tale, and, as boys, we wanted it, cleansed of horrors, for ourselves.
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
April 23, 2014
This is one of the all-time great war movies, a PoW adventure from director John Sturges that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Allied forces even when their backs were to the wall.

April 23, 2014
Watching the starry cast is always entertaining, and while The Great Escape has little new to say about war, this is really not a criticism.
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
April 23, 2014
Even if you feel you know every scene backwards, there are still manifold pleasures here beyond nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
February 6, 2014
The Great Escape is simply great escapism.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 22, 2013
While it's a definite classic in the Steve McQueen gallery, it's also a masterpiece of the action genre...
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 9, 2013
a slow burn which allows you to watch wildly different characters work together and form a team in spite of their differences
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
May 23, 2013
Each group of characters get their own riveting planning sequences, all skillfully told. This is one "heist" film where knowing the details of how the escape is supposed to go down before it happens only strengthens the suspense further.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
April 13, 2011
Boasting an all-star cast, headed by a terrific Steve McQueen, Great Escape is one of the greatest, most enjoyable WWII adventures Hollywood has made.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 16, 2011
A consummate work of nuts 'n bolts filmmaking devoted to the single end of creating something that is compulsively, endlessly watchable and re-watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
An exceptional story about teamwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Producer-director John Sturges has fashioned a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 24, 2008
The title also suits the film's ultimate aim to be a great escape film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 16, 2007
One of the greatest 'popcorn' movies ever
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
March 1, 2007
Expertly directed and written with an infectious undercurrent of wry humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Worth seeing the last half hour, if nothing else, for one of the best stunt sequences in years: McQueen's motor-cycle bid for freedom.
Mark Bourne
April 13, 2006
It's as blow-dried as McQueen looks even on a bad day, but The Great Escape's mix of suspense, humor, and old-fashioned derring-do pitched by a dream-team cast is so enjoyable that only a lout would complain about it.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 26, 2005
preposterous and thrilling
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It's a strictly mechanical adventure with make-believe men.
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