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Mrs. Miniver Reviews

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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
Under Sidney Franklin's watchful supervision and William Wyler's masterly direction the story has become the most stirring, heart-clutching picture of our times.
Peter Bradshaw
January 14, 2014
Mrs Miniver as a whole certainly is very silly sometimes... and yet, and yet. Sometimes through its sheer unselfconscious earnestness, it packs a punch.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
January 14, 2014
[A] superb wartime melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
That almost impossible feat, a great war picture that photographs the inner meaning, instead of the outward realism of World War II.

February 17, 2009
Regardless of its Hollywood trappings, this remains one of the best movies about a brave era in British history.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
Winning WW II story of british pluck that manages to side-step the propaganda trap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Herb Golden
January 28, 2008
A poignant story of the joys and sorrows, the humor and pathos of middle-class family life in wartime England.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 4, 2007
Plays out as a soap opera melodrama about a gracious family handling the wartime strife with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide
December 12, 2006
Frightfully nice, it's like war at teatime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
The most famous and perhaps most effective propaganda film of World War II.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 17, 2006
A powerful performance from Greer Garson brings to light a disappointing time in British history just prior to and including its involvement in World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Classic soap opera in which good old British understatement has a field day, everybody is frightfully nice, and sentimentality is wrapped up in yards of tasteful gloss.
Emanuel Levy
December 12, 2005
Franklin Roosevelt, who loved the movie, put pressure on MGM to release the film earlier than planned, but playwright Lillian Hellman told director Wyler, "Willie you have made a piece of crap." Even so, the film won Best Picture Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
August 24, 2004
An effective piece of wartime cinematic propaganda that helped defeat the Nazis.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Witney Seibold
February 24, 2004
The film itself is grounded and pretty good.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 1, 2003
One of the most powerful and effective propaganda films of all time ... the job of propaganda is to work your emotions and make you believe in the cause it's selling, and in this, Mrs Miniver succeeds 100%.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Certainly it is the finest film yet made about the present war, and a most exalting tribute to the British, who have taken it gallantly.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 17, 2002
Glossy, but empty propaganda still getting by on its wartime rep
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
August 16, 2002
Greer's great acting is understated and yet dramatic. She's the Meryl Streep of the day, and beautiful in every shot, even when she's filthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Atkinson
November 6, 2001
By underplaying masterfully, Garson makes us believe Kay's desperate need to hold her life together, as if she's sick with worry and love about a hundred things at once, and is too busy to get hysterical.
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