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How Green Was My Valley Reviews

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Witney Seibold
February 23, 2016
There are a lot of rich characters and good instances of moral outrage. It may not be better than Citizen Kane, but it's still a pretty damn good movie.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 16, 2015
Captures an idyll of youth that has been lost to the corrosive practices of modern business.
Josh Larsen
September 14, 2015
There is no logical reason why you should feel as warm and nostalgic as you do at the end of How Green Was My Valley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 18, 2015
One of the outstanding film productions of the year.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
January 13, 2014
This is precisely the kind of movie that gave Hollywood film-making dignity and supremacy in its heyday.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
February 19, 2013
The acting is strong, and Arthur Miller's Oscar-winning photography gives the images a spooky luster, but a little bit of Ford's salt-of-the-earth piety goes an awfully long way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anthony Bower
The Nation
January 14, 2013
A screen version of such a book is a bold project, but Darryl Zanuck as producer and John Ford as director have succeeded in capturing to a remarkable degree the atmosphere of the novel.
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TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
Because his recollections ring true, they are certain to evoke a similar nostalgia in all but the most slab-sided of moviegoers.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 17, 2008
Beat out the much superior Citizen Kane for the Oscar for Best Picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
This John Huston film [is] typically epic with a faithful screenplay to Richard Llewellyn's famous novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Abel Green
January 30, 2008
How Green Was My Valley is one of the year's better films, a sure-fire critic's picture and, unlike most features that draw kudos from crix, this one will also do business.

January 30, 2008
A complex account of family life and strife that takes in traumas, hardships, romances, conflicts and the odd happy moment without ever sentimentalizing or becoming unbelievable.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
Expert performances from Donald Crisp, Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, and a host of brilliant character actors enhance a magnificent movie experience.
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
October 30, 2006
[Its] moralizing is dishonest and at times offensive. No matter how effectively a story is told, it's hard to buy into one that so often deceives its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Emanuel Levy
October 26, 2006
Emotionally effective if also sentimental evocation of working class life in a Welsch mining community, reaffirming John Ford's populist ideology and strong belief in the family as society's most important institution
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 17, 2006
Life in the working class generally determines where your life will lead. A young boy with the chance to break out realizes where his future is supposed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An elegant and eloquent film, nevertheless, even if the characteristically laconic Fordian poetry seems more contrived here.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 7, 2005
The tough, but highly sentimental John Ford was one of the few great cinema artists who was appreciated in his time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
September 12, 2003
A tedious working class drama that did not deserve the accolades it received.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 24, 2003
While I can't say How Green Was My Valley is the most enjoyable movie ever, it's definitely well-made, and sticks with you.
| Original Score: 4/5
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