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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Reviews

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 25, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
February 16, 2016
Each individual part is carefully built up and the film as a whole (if a trifle unsatisfying in retrospect) repays the evident care which has been lavished upon it.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2002
The movie looks past the fat, bald military man with the walrus moustache, and sees inside, to an idealist and a romantic. To know him is to love him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
February 18, 2013
The greatest of all British films, the greatest film about Britishness
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 22, 2013
The rarest of cinematic treasures: a historical epic that is also intensely personal and emotionally earnest.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 20, 2015
Maybe the most essentially, urgently British of the 21 films Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger made together.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 16, 2009
It's a blatant bit of World War II propaganda and very talky, although with an undeniable spirit and some Lubitsch-like comic passages.
Wally Hammond
Little White Lies
May 17, 2012
Staggering and heartbreaking. Still.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 13, 2006
It might be the best film to ever come out of England.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
A 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger collaboration so unambiguously satirizing the military mind-set that Prime Minister Winston Churchill tried to have it banned.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
May 14, 2012
A wonderful salute to British decency and a touching portrait of a friendship that bridges national boundaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 15, 2011
Maybe the most wonderfully British movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 29, 2004
Fantastically modern looking film that stands the test of time.
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 20, 2012
Arguably the finest British film made during the second world war...
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2011
Few British films from this period seem to mythologize the pre-war period of Churchill's youth and early career quite as potently.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine
April 2, 2001
A film which may just make you look at your life and ask some questions best left unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Langdon
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
May 10, 2012
Its status as a national treasure is assured, thanks to Roger Livesey's protean lead turn, Deborah Kerr's three incarnations of his ideal woman and the mastery of the medium that typified The Archers at their height.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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