You Only Live Once Reviews

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    Aug 16, 2020

    After leaving Germany, the first two films Fritz Lang made in Hollywood are his best American movies: Fury and You Only Live Once. This feature works on all levels and there's good reason. The artist was extended control over the entire film including final cut. That's something most directors at the time were never given. Lang's favorite themes of fate and destiny, and a cynicism about society are on sharp display here.

    After leaving Germany, the first two films Fritz Lang made in Hollywood are his best American movies: Fury and You Only Live Once. This feature works on all levels and there's good reason. The artist was extended control over the entire film including final cut. That's something most directors at the time were never given. Lang's favorite themes of fate and destiny, and a cynicism about society are on sharp display here.

  • Mar 03, 2020

    WOW, what TRASH. So this awful movie with Henry Fonda as an ex-con and soon to be on the run with a wife who is able to give birth like the Virgin Mary..... this whole thing is one of the biggest messes, the worst movie I've seen in some time...there's absolutely nothing redeeming about this whatsoever.

    WOW, what TRASH. So this awful movie with Henry Fonda as an ex-con and soon to be on the run with a wife who is able to give birth like the Virgin Mary..... this whole thing is one of the biggest messes, the worst movie I've seen in some time...there's absolutely nothing redeeming about this whatsoever.

  • Dec 30, 2019

    A nice movie with a fascinating story

    A nice movie with a fascinating story

  • Jan 20, 2019

    Archetypal depression-era stars Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney are felicitously teamed in Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once. Fonda plays an ex-convict who can't get a break on the "outside". He marries Sidney, who like her husband is one of life's losers. Framed on a murder rap, Fonda is forced to take it on the lam, with his wife and baby in tow. In trying to avoid capture, Fonda becomes a murderer for real, condemning himself and Sidney to an early demise. Partly based on the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, the Gene Towne-Graham Baker screenplay stacks the deck against its protagonists to such an extent that the audience is virtually forced to hate their various antagonists. As superb as Henry Fonda is in portraying the foredoomed hero, Sylvia Sidney is even better as his wife; her reading of such lines as "We just call him...baby" are enough to shrivel the heart even after six decades. Fritz Lang's second American film... remains one of his all-time greatest.

    Archetypal depression-era stars Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney are felicitously teamed in Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once. Fonda plays an ex-convict who can't get a break on the "outside". He marries Sidney, who like her husband is one of life's losers. Framed on a murder rap, Fonda is forced to take it on the lam, with his wife and baby in tow. In trying to avoid capture, Fonda becomes a murderer for real, condemning himself and Sidney to an early demise. Partly based on the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, the Gene Towne-Graham Baker screenplay stacks the deck against its protagonists to such an extent that the audience is virtually forced to hate their various antagonists. As superb as Henry Fonda is in portraying the foredoomed hero, Sylvia Sidney is even better as his wife; her reading of such lines as "We just call him...baby" are enough to shrivel the heart even after six decades. Fritz Lang's second American film... remains one of his all-time greatest.

  • Jun 05, 2018

    First and best of its kind as a lovers' getaway movie. Fritz Lang effectively teams up Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney to create an unmissable film that brings life to Eddie Taylor, a man who wishes to go straight after a three-year siting in jail, and Joan Graham, his faithful lover who represents fatality through the continuously growing romantic idea which the film embraces. The narrative is developed in a loathing environment of criticism, prejudice and discrimination from society which is, altogether, the greatest antagonist of the film and the reason the starring couple is isolated and pushed to embark on a seemingly endless journey. In "YOLO", Lang brings for the second time his austrian-german style to Hollywood while successfully merging it into Americana, as a late historic criticism of the depression era. With the help of his characteristic and remarkable expressionist touches, he makes the film a thrilling experience, by making the audience emphasize with whats dealt by the characters. By all of its elements, "YOLO" results in an astonishing directing work, notable cinematic moments are found in death scenes which are always surrounded by stifling atmospheres, first in a well-crafted bank robbery scene and later in a murder scene of an innocent bystander which ends up being the tragic point of breakthrough in the plot. A gorgeous poetic idea works from beginning to end, tragedy seems the only resolution, not because it's already written, but because fatality works as a form of destiny. Eddie and Joan might never find happiness, but in the end good triumphs over evil, and if somehow the audience deviates from this thought, Lang assures we are guided back to that point of view of poetic justice with the very last quote of the film. "YOLO" tells a thrilling love story worth of portraying in the history of cinema. It will be an input and reference for the upcoming films with similar nature that later would become a genre within a genre which will bring installments that goes from Gun Crazy (1950), passing through the well-known Bonnie & Clyde (1967) and up to the nowadays critical acclaimed The End of the F****** World (2018) TV show, all of them with the same exciting and delightful idea of two lovers which are at the same time partners in crime.

    First and best of its kind as a lovers' getaway movie. Fritz Lang effectively teams up Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney to create an unmissable film that brings life to Eddie Taylor, a man who wishes to go straight after a three-year siting in jail, and Joan Graham, his faithful lover who represents fatality through the continuously growing romantic idea which the film embraces. The narrative is developed in a loathing environment of criticism, prejudice and discrimination from society which is, altogether, the greatest antagonist of the film and the reason the starring couple is isolated and pushed to embark on a seemingly endless journey. In "YOLO", Lang brings for the second time his austrian-german style to Hollywood while successfully merging it into Americana, as a late historic criticism of the depression era. With the help of his characteristic and remarkable expressionist touches, he makes the film a thrilling experience, by making the audience emphasize with whats dealt by the characters. By all of its elements, "YOLO" results in an astonishing directing work, notable cinematic moments are found in death scenes which are always surrounded by stifling atmospheres, first in a well-crafted bank robbery scene and later in a murder scene of an innocent bystander which ends up being the tragic point of breakthrough in the plot. A gorgeous poetic idea works from beginning to end, tragedy seems the only resolution, not because it's already written, but because fatality works as a form of destiny. Eddie and Joan might never find happiness, but in the end good triumphs over evil, and if somehow the audience deviates from this thought, Lang assures we are guided back to that point of view of poetic justice with the very last quote of the film. "YOLO" tells a thrilling love story worth of portraying in the history of cinema. It will be an input and reference for the upcoming films with similar nature that later would become a genre within a genre which will bring installments that goes from Gun Crazy (1950), passing through the well-known Bonnie & Clyde (1967) and up to the nowadays critical acclaimed The End of the F****** World (2018) TV show, all of them with the same exciting and delightful idea of two lovers which are at the same time partners in crime.

  • Apr 21, 2018

    Frog, sighting device, fog, car window and eye, grid of prisons ,,, plenty of memories of burning eyes. A talented artist Fritz Lang. The villain face of Henry Fonda is living as it is.

    Frog, sighting device, fog, car window and eye, grid of prisons ,,, plenty of memories of burning eyes. A talented artist Fritz Lang. The villain face of Henry Fonda is living as it is.

  • Jun 21, 2016

    Bonnie and Clyde, Gun Grazy predecessor dated, though, both in directing and acting.

    Bonnie and Clyde, Gun Grazy predecessor dated, though, both in directing and acting.

  • Nov 06, 2014

    When fate initiated its final blows at the end I was beside myself with complete and utter despair as it was one of the saddest endings I've seen in a long long time!

    When fate initiated its final blows at the end I was beside myself with complete and utter despair as it was one of the saddest endings I've seen in a long long time!

  • Nov 04, 2014

    Near-perfect, though I'm biased. Fonda is a gem. Lang had a YOLO t-shirt before it was cool.

    Near-perfect, though I'm biased. Fonda is a gem. Lang had a YOLO t-shirt before it was cool.

  • Oct 24, 2014

    Considered the first "outlaw couple on the run" movie, You Only Live Once is a little more on-the-nose than Bonnie and Clyde or Badlands but nevertheless very effective.

    Considered the first "outlaw couple on the run" movie, You Only Live Once is a little more on-the-nose than Bonnie and Clyde or Badlands but nevertheless very effective.