The Life of Emile Zola Reviews

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July 27, 2020
Has a basis in history, but the story has been fictionized for the sake of entertainment.
April 1, 2020
The Life of Emile Zola might not be a perfect film--and probably wouldn't win an Oscar if it were made today--but it's still a solid film.
January 25, 2020
The general feeling of the play is rich and authentic.
January 25, 2020
Though Paul Muni's vital portrayal of the great French novelist dominates the scene, it is the Dreyfus affair, the performance of a miracle of Justice, which illumines our social consciousness, making us say, on reflection, "This is a great film."
January 25, 2020
Another great characterization by Paul Muni. The photoplay is weighty but solid.
January 25, 2020
Its art is confined to Mr. Muni's boundless craft in reviving the body and soul of a great man.
October 31, 2019
So simple and powerful is Muni's Zola that one feels him to be. not a shadow on a screen, but a living person.
July 19, 2019
The best of the screen biographies.
February 15, 2019
The film has all the elements of greatness. It is also remarkably accurate.
February 23, 2016
This is one of a remarkable series of Warner Bros melodramatic biopics whose central performances were once considered prime examples of cinematic acting.
February 18, 2015
As a courtroom drama, and as a depiction of government corruption, this film is pretty first rate.
February 17, 2015
The most distinguished and most important contribution to the screen this year.
April 21, 2013
Stacks up well against many a film biography of the subsequent three-quarters of a century.
February 17, 2009
Last week Warner Brothers released a movie which is probably the outstanding prestige picture of the season. It is also one of the best shows.
March 19, 2008
A piece of pap.
February 20, 2008
A moving evocation of an era and a heroic deed.
January 28, 2008
The film is destined to box office approval of the most substantial character. It is finely made and merits high rating as cinema art and significant recognition as major showmanship.
December 12, 2006
This act of altruism on behalf of the brothers Warner was rewarded with the best picture Oscar for 1937; it isn't so much bad as utterly, magisterially bland.
November 16, 2006
One of Warner's earnest biopics of great men, with good acting from Paul Muni in the lead and Joseph Schildkraut who won a Supporting Actor Oscar as the wrongly accused Captain Alfred Dreyfus
October 10, 2006
A recurring theme among Oscar winners, Life of Emile Zola's anti-oppression topic rings loudly in the ears of all those who would use war as an excuse to abridge freedoms.
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