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La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) Reviews

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Richard Griffith
The Nation
January 18, 2013
Renoir, who invokes so skillfully these terrifying images of disintegration, offers in contrast only the old ideal of man's brotherhood, and his film does not tell us whether it is illusion or reality.
Mark R. Leeper
October 18, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Alison Frank
Electric Sheep
April 3, 2012
La Grande Illusion retains its power as an example of European camaraderie and co-operation.
Hannah McGill
The List
April 4, 2012
The film makes its moral point about the futility of combat by emphasising the interconnectedness of all humanity via such shared experiences as hunger, desire and friendship. It's also a ripping yarn with a vein of charming and sometimes risqué humour.
Jack Jones
Little White Lies
April 5, 2012
Tragic. Moving. Funny. A pure joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 6, 2012
A timeless classic of acting and filmmaking genius that uses the artificiality of war to explore the very construct of society, and is a classic must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
... the camera doesn't point or intrude, but glides.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 3, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Cole Smithey
October 27, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
It's a marvelous introduction to the work of one of the top masters of the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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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.
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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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 5, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 16, 2005
Perhaps the greatest anti-war film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 15, 2012
often contrasted to All Quiet on the Western Front which has a similar message but told with a very different perspective
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
May 11, 2012
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 16, 2012
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