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Hail the Conquering Hero Reviews

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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.
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
November 13, 2007
The premier comedy writer-director of 1940s Hollywood strikes again!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
January 30, 2007
...half a Sturges is better than no Sturges at all.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
August 2, 2006
moves beyond slapstick as it's skillfully and energetically put together to tell much about Americana.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 9, 2006
Wonderful satire on small-town jingoism, all the more remarkable in that it was made during World War II.
October 15, 2004
Still hilarious Sturges after all these years.
Read More | 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
June 15, 2003
Not one of Sturges' best, but good enough.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
March 10, 2003
Sturges veteran Demarest is at his peak here, as is Bracken, whose desperation is hysterical.
January 1, 2000
Still worth seeing, as always, because of that amazing Sturges dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A scathing delight.
August 26, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 16, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 28, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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