Oh! What A Lovely War Reviews

July 18, 2018
It may seem churlish to praise a film one admires not so much for what it gets right as for what it manages to avoid getting wrong. But Oh! What a Lovely War is perhaps a special case.
July 3, 2018
It is an elaborately staged tableau, a dazzling use of the camera to achieve essentially theatrical effects. And judged on that basis, Richard Attenborough has given us a breathtaking evening.
August 25, 2014
The huge potential of this all-star vehicle was mainly squandered through a lack of subtlety or irony.
August 25, 2014
An often too-clever, sometimes moving piece.
August 25, 2014
Stylised, satirical and ultimately moving.
August 25, 2014
It's a mammoth shame that this film has slipped down the back of the sofa of movie history.
August 25, 2014
This 1969 classic features some top names from movie history, including the late Laurence Olivier and British greats Maggie Smith and Ian Holm, and impressively staged music hall songs.
August 25, 2014
[Attenborough] has chosen to make a big, elaborate, sometimes realistic film whose elephantine physical proportions and often brilliant all-star cast simply overwhelm the material with a surfeit of good intentions.
August 25, 2014
Richard Attenborough's directorial debut is a sprawling, highly stylized musical satire of WWI featuring some of Britain's very finest actors.
August 25, 2014
An impressive debut from Richard Attenborough, made memorable by its all-star cast and incredible final shot.
February 23, 2012
Dedicated, exhilarating, shrewd, mocking, funny, emotional, witty, poignant and technically brilliant.
August 15, 2011
An anti-war musical whose originality has never been successfully repeated.
April 9, 2008
Remains the most interesting and daring film Attenborough ever made.