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Hail the Conquering Hero Reviews

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James Agee
The Nation
September 14, 2012
It is a bewilderingly skillful picture, and the skill is used no more brilliantly to tell the story than to cover up the story's weaknesses and those of its author, Preston Sturges.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
November 15, 2010
Hail the Conquering Hero is widely praised as one of Preston Sturges' best films, but I found it tedious and mawkish - the 1944 equivalent of a dopey sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
November 13, 2007
The premier comedy writer-director of 1940s Hollywood strikes again!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 13, 2007
The deft hand of Preston Sturges molded this film, further proof that he is one of the industry's best writer-directors.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 30, 2007
...half a Sturges is better than no Sturges at all.
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 10, 2006
Sturges turns upside down the conventions of Hollywood's small-town film: His characters' eccentricity is meant to show the more multifarious and resourceful nature of folks who appear to be bland and ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 2, 2006
moves beyond slapstick as it's skillfully and energetically put together to tell much about Americana.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Wonderful satire on small-town jingoism, all the more remarkable in that it was made during World War II.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Still hilarious Sturges after all these years.
| Original Score: 5/5
October 22, 2003
The dialogue of Preston Sturges shoots and shoots, never seems to miss, and convinces you of its genius in around about a minute.
| Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 15, 2003
Not one of Sturges' best, but good enough.
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Sturges takes a savage swipe at some of America's most sacred cows in a classic comedy containing some of his most sustained satire.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This riotously funny motion picture, this superlative small-town comedy, is also one of the wisest ever to burst from a big-time studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Sturges veteran Demarest is at his peak here, as is Bracken, whose desperation is hysterical.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Still worth seeing, as always, because of that amazing Sturges dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A scathing delight.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 26, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
March 28, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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