Five Came Back: Miniseries (2017)


Critic Consensus: Five Came Back tells an inspiring story to captivating effect, offering viewing that should appeal to historians and film buffs in equal measure.


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Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017

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This docuseries explores the actions of five filmmakers who left Hollywood to serve in World War II.

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Critic Reviews for Five Came Back Miniseries

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (16)

Five Came Back is, in the end, a compelling examination of propaganda-its purpose, its effectiveness, and its drawbacks.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

That, really, is the point. Five Came Back is tailor-made for film aficionados.

May 16, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Five Came Back is nothing less than a masterpiece

Apr 3, 2017 | Full Review…

A cinephile and historian's dream come true.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Making a documentary informative is tricky on its own, but making it as informative as well as thrilling as Five Came Back is truly an incredible feat.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

As informative and captivating as all the material on display here is, it rushes by far too quickly. This could be seen as a positive: so engrossing is Five Came Back that you won't believe how quickly it's over.

Dec 28, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

... the miniseries excels at demonstrating how the war altered its subjects, and how their work overseas continued to change the world for decades after the fighting had ceased.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

[It] gives us hope a truism exists - that in the worst of times, real news triumphs over fake.

Jun 23, 2017 | Full Review…

This reviewer found the three hours uplifting, informative, upsetting and well worth it.

May 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Divided into three parts, this screen adaptation is a companion piece and a stand-alone work, and itself superlative film criticism.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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