To Be or Not to Be Reviews

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January 18, 2018
It isn't, I am sorry to say, Lubitsch's most intriguing comedy, nor is it the best of Jack Benny vehicles, but it will do until another buggy comes along.
Top Critic
August 20, 2008
To Be is a very funny comedy, salted to taste with melodrama and satire.
August 20, 2008
Lubitsch's guidance provides a tense dramatic pace with events developed deftly and logically throughout.
June 24, 2006
It's certainly one of the finest comedies ever to come out of Paramount.
May 20, 2003
To say it is callous and macabre is understating the case.
January 1, 2000
One of the most profound, emotionally complex comedies ever made, covering a range of tones from satire to slapstick to shocking black humor.
May 4, 2019
A masterpiece. ... Hurtling forward with its dizzying blend of laughs and intrigue, the movie's blessed with a script that's jam-packed with memorable quips (some laced with naughty double entendres), with most of the best ones handed over to Benny.
June 27, 2017
Classic '40s anti-Nazi comedy has some violence.
September 28, 2015
So long the milieu claims to be nothing nearer Europe than the stage Hollywood studio (and why otherwise should everyone speak self-consciously good American?), the fun waxes fast and [furious].
April 26, 2015
It's not all-time championship Lubitsch.... But the film is operating in two totally distinct comic modes and both of them are executed perfectly.
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