To Be or Not to Be Reviews

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October 17, 2019
Ernst Lubitsch's To Be Or Not to Be, starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard, is a top-notch World War 2 satire taking place during the Holocaust.
September 29, 2019
To Be or Not to Be (1942) is Berlin Germany-born director Ernst Lubitsch's sophisticated screwball masterpiece, with satirical comedy, romance, and suspense. The controversial anti-war comedy about espionage and politics from producer Alexander Korda
September 11, 2019
Despite some of the serious situations, the comedic, brilliant, and delightful tone dominate in the movie, making it into a masterpiece. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 25, 2019
Although seemingly played for laughs, there is a depth and multilayered meaning to much of the action and dialogue that led an audience newly involved to consider what part they might play in a world at war.
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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2013
One of Lubitsch's greatest works and one of the most inventive anti-Nazi films to emerge from Hollywood.
September 9, 2013
Singing "Heil pbbt!" right in Der Fuehrer's face was certainly an act of resistance, and Lubitsch, Benny, Lombard, and company sure knew how to carry the tune.
September 3, 2013
To Be or Not to Be has all the hallmarks of a Lubitsch comedy: a solidly constructed plot, good comic pacing, a light touch, and strong performances from top to bottom. [Blu-ray]
August 27, 2013
Lubitsch understood at the time, even if many critics and filmgoers didn't, that all those elements and all that rule-breaking make To Be Or Not To Be brilliant.
August 20, 2008
A masterpiece satire around the Second World War is more likely to be appreciated now after some distance.
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 1, 2006
Royalties from Springtime for Hitler in Germany outta be sent to Lubitsch's family.
April 4, 2006
Like Chaplin before him in The Great Dictator, Lubitsch aimed a wet raspberry in Der Fuhrer's face.
September 22, 2005
One of film's great farces.
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