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La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) Reviews

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Senses of Cinema
February 8, 2012
La Grande Illusion is a sublimely poignant and lucidly insightful commentary on the social legacy of the Great War in Europe.

Total Film
February 8, 2012
Poetically photographed and poignantly performed, this is a film rich in humour and, above all, humanity towards its characters. Even 60 years on, it remains deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2012
It's still one of the key humanist expressions to be found in movies: sad, funny, exalting, and glorious.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2012
It's an excellent film, with Renoir's usual looping line and deft shifts of tone, though today the balance of critical opinion has shifted in favor of the greater darkness and filigree of The Rules of the Game.

February 8, 2012
Another Renoir masterpiece, rightfully ensconced nearly the tops of many lists of the greatest films ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
An artistically masterful feature, the picture breathes the intimate life of warriors on both sides during the [First] World War.
Emanuel Levy
February 5, 2008
Among many distinctions, Jean Renoir's anti-war masterpiece, made two years befor WWII, was the first foreign-language film to be nominated for legit Oscar--Orson Welles said that if he had to choose one great film, it would be Renoir's.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 25, 2007
The script sears like a whip-crack, with one-liners peppering the action, yet never getting in the way of the film's emotional depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 12, 2007
One of the greatest anti-war films ever
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
November 30, 2006
Superb Renoir work should be seen by all.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Renoir films have a way of talking about one thing while being about another.
Cole Smithey
October 27, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 16, 2005
Perhaps the greatest anti-war film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 27, 2004
You don't know war films can be like this until you see it: elegant, humane, seriocomic, deeply wounded, with a sublime regard for life that exceeds all borders.
| Original Score: 5/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
One of the greatest films of all time.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
June 12, 2003
Renoir has created a strange and interesting film, but he owes much to his cast.
| Original Score: 3/5
Beth Accomando
March 30, 2003
La Grande Illusion, even after more than a half a century, is still a phenomenal work of art-- elegant, eloquent and powerfully moving.'
Full Review| Original Score: 10/10
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 24, 2003
Others cite The Rules of the Game, but I think this is Renoir's best work.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 17, 2002
Achieves that rare distinction of having a precise vision of an earlier time, making that vision relevant to its own time, and remaining strangely contemporary in any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Its story is so perfectly (and economically) told, its characters are so rich, human and civilized, and its dialogue so intelligent and revealing that the film wraps a spell around you that's hard to describe but impossible to forget.
| Original Score: A
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