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Stalag 17 Reviews

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July 28, 2015
Simultaneously fiery and farcical, it's a fitting final third for Wilder's 1950s hat trick that also includes Sunset Blvd and Ace in the Hole
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
December 6, 2013
Director Billy Wilder superbly balances elements of drama, satire and comedy, and captures the claustrophobia of camp life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
May 4, 2012
William Holden won his first and only Best Actor Oscar for Billy Wilder's vastly entertaining serio comedy set in a POW camp.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
When escape is the only option, you do whatever you can to make it happen. This is one exciting escape drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Teens may enjoy this exceptional, exciting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
December 5, 2008
As rowdily entertaining on the screen as it was on the stage.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 23, 2007
Interesting depiction with a pretty decent performance from Holden and supported by a credible cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

October 23, 2007
A bleak, black comedy in which the laughter can die in the throat.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
August 14, 2007
The resulting letdown is terrific, but along the way there is some of the funniest men-at-loose-ends interplay that Wilder has ever put on film.
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James Berardinelli
August 14, 2007
One could make an argument that, among 20th century directors, few were more versatile than Billy Wilder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
August 14, 2007
A lusty comedy-melodrama, loaded with bold, masculine humor and as much of the original's uninhibited earthiness as good taste and the Production Code permit.
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
December 8, 2006
Unforgettable Billy Wilder POW tale with Holden in perhaps his greatest role.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 11, 2006
The prison story had an offbeat flavor that was pleasing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2006
As with many of Wilder's films, you tend to forget just how funny it is %u2014 the way the master director cuts tension with incisive wit and barely controlled silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
May 13, 2006
The good greatly outweighs the bad, particularly in the profile of Holden's character, a pragmatic, self-centered cynic whose heroism, when it is finally called upon, appears to come from deep within the barriers he has placed inside of himself.

Sky Movies
May 6, 2006
Billy Wilder's film strikes several different notes: it's comic, dramatic, suspenseful and touching in turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 1, 2006
In the end, Stalag 17's irreverence likely didn't revolutionize moviemaking for adults so much as it paved the way for the likes of M*A*S*H and Animal House. Then again, that alone is an achievement worth celebrating.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A fascinating film.
James Plath
March 30, 2005
Taut drama, a real surprise, considering Wilder directs.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 17, 2005
Grimly hilarious, subversive and defiant, rough around the edges, and more than a little sad.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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