It's among the most understated anti-war films ever made, effortlessly humanistic but far too subtle to indulge in preaching.
| Original Score: A
A model of simplicity and grace, with emotional effects that move you when you least expect it, the kind of great film that only a master can pull off.
| Original Score: 5/5
Funny, heart-wrenching, nail-biting, caustic and profound, touting the futility of armed combat while turning imprisonment and escape into a microcosm for society's aspirations and contradictions.
It's still one of the key humanist expressions to be found in movies: sad, funny, exalting, and glorious.
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.
An artistically masterful feature, the picture breathes the intimate life of warriors on both sides during the [First] World War.
Renoir films have a way of talking about one thing while being about another.
Renoir has created a strange and interesting film, but he owes much to his cast.
| Original Score: 3/5
I can't comment yet again on this magnificent work except to say that its account of French prisoners in German hands during World War I seems now even more soaringly elegiac.
... the camera doesn't point or intrude, but glides.
| Original Score: 4/4
... Renoir, the grand humanist filmmaker, spoke for all that's best about people at a time when people were in danger of becoming their worst.