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Wings Reviews

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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
It is, in fact, the masterpiece of war production.
Witney Seibold
March 24, 2014
Wings comes from an era when it was okay to be heartbreakingly emotional at all times. The beats are more obvious, and the acting is more over-the-top, but it doesn't necessarily feel artificial.
Philip Kemp
Total Film
February 4, 2014
William Wellman's silent WW1 flying epic soars thrillingly while it's airborne, but on the ground it plods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 1, 2014
A mixture of melodrama, sentimental romance and heavy-handed comedy, Wings was superbly choreographed with skilfully photographed stunt flying and aerial combat.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 4, 2012
Not a very unique, nor an especially artistic production, for sure, but it is one heck of an outstanding picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
February 23, 2012
Still exciting aloft but terribly sentimental and cliché-ridden on the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
February 19, 2012
...the last of the grand studio epics of the silent film era.
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 3, 2012
The main reason to see 'Wings' is some of the most jaw dropping areal footage ever shot. Keep in mind, these folks didn't have CGIs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
January 23, 2012
It's exactly the kind of movie the Academy still loves today.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 23, 2012
its unadorned sense of realism sets Wings apart from so many special-effects-laden action movies today that exchange pixels for stuntmen and computer logarithms for physical reality
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 16, 2012 big as they came in 1927, with a host of extras in the battle scenes and aerial footage that is often stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
The audience gulped down the plot as conventional but reliable stuff, watched with waning interest while spinning, swerving, dodging planes grew into confused monotony against a background of unpicturesque ether.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 29, 2008
The first Oscar winner for Best Picture was also the only silent film to win the Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
Clara Bow is mesmerising in this ahead-of-its-time air force drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sid Silverman
February 19, 2008
There not being so much of Clara Bow in the picture, or a straining for her to turn on that 'it' personality, she gives an all around corking performance.

TV Guide
December 12, 2006
Rather predictable but still quite watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
It won the first Academy Award for best picture back in 1927, establishing a tradition of silliness that hasn't been broken to this day, but there is some thrilling flying footage and impressively expensive spectacle.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 5, 2006
Above par effects (for the time) matched with decent performances make for a modestly entertaining picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Long touted as a classic by cinema historians, and justifying almost every adjectival extravagance.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 6, 2005
It is undoubtedly the aerial combat shots that make this movie such a true classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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