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How Green Was My Valley Reviews

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
The maudlin sentiment wars with the gorgeous visuals and eventually subsumes them.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Kevin Smokler
Filmcritic.com
January 26, 2003
It hasn't aged well and maybe wasn't even supposed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 18, 2015
One of the outstanding film productions of the year.
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.
Witney Seibold
Nerdist
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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 1941
If not for the inevitable comparisons to Citizen Kane, How Green Was My Valley might have aged better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 22, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
August 16, 2002
A bit sad, often tragic, it seems like a downer of a film to win a Best Picture, and many think it doesn't hold up to "Citizen Kane" but that's not true. It's a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 29, 2002
Handsome old-fashioned tear-jerker.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Abel Green
Variety
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.
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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.
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
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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 Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Moving and touching, How Green Was My Valley is a classic coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...exemplary soap opera on a grand and moving scale.
| Original Score: 8/10
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