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  1. João R's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    So beautifully remarkable.

  2. yovargas's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    A good-hearted, well-meaning war drama about 3 vets returning home and the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life. A nice enough premise but it is in parts a bit too, too dated, too scattered, too bland, and most definitely too long. If it had just focused on one of the 3 vet stories, I believe it would be a much stronger tale. It gets a C+.

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    Un très grand film dont la mise en scène est consciencieuse, sans artifice ni sentimentalisme désuet, malgré un sujet qui s'y prête facilement. Le film récolta une moisson d'Oscars et autres distinctions dans différents festivals pour la leçon de courage et d'espoir qu'il véhicule durablement... www.cinefiches.com

  4. Jenny Coldpussy's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    A great post-WW 2 crowd pleaser. It acknowledges the unfair reality that war heroes had to face on their return, while simultaneously injecting the illusion that, in America, you could do anything you want if you had the courage to fight for your dreams (unless, of course, you happened to be a woman, in that case, you could only dream of being a devoted wife or an insensitive golddigger).

  5. smndvdcl's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    The deep space, deep focus sequence is one of the finest pieces of enigmatic narrative progressions in cinema. A true classic in film language as well as storytelling context.

  6. Luis Pires's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

  7. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    The first half is exceptional: Wyler captures beautifully the sense of otherness and alienation for both the returning veterans and those who stayed behind, and he does this both through careful direction of the actors and disquieting visual cues. Even in the much weaker second half, there are moments of tremendous power (Derry traumatised inside the amputated body of the B17, mirroring Homer's plight - brilliant).

  8. Luca Sage's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

  9. Chihao Tsang's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    Really enjoyable to watch a old film that I hadn't seen before. Great script and plot with very good character development. Great performances all round especially the radiate Teresa Wright!

  10. Superfrog's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    Good marks but not that much enthusiasm on a subject that I find really interesting.

  11. P Teddy Sawyer's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    Handsome, well-groomed, photographed with stunning solidity and poised on the brink of realism, Dana Andrews almost transcends the murky perspex screen of his bomb-aimer's nose bay before he is sucked back into Hollywood's mellow gloss.

  12. raggiodisole's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    A broad range of subjects are tackled here, and with no little compassion: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, the need for decompression after a boys-own adventure, the attitude of post-war america, and most importantly the hidden effects of war, revealing the fact that there are never, ever any winners.

  13. Leigh Collins's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    The depth of the storyline and the characters is a rarity for 1940s Hollywood, helping to make this film utterly watchable and compelling. Some of the scenes with Harold Russell are heart-wrenching and beautifully scripted. Others are a little melodramatic. And Fredric March is effortlessly brilliant, fully deserving his Best Actor Oscar. This has to be one of the best films of its era.

  14. Ark V's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    Lovely post war drama studying change and it's affects on veterans and those around them.

  15. PanelSystem's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    One of the greatest, most moving evocations of damaged people returning to homes they no longer recognize - all the more moving because this was a 1946 mainstream release with an audience made up of families who understood only too well what the film was about. Human, painful, and poignant.

  16. Ross Graham's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    Starts out seeming like a look at the abandonment of service people by their country once the war's over, but quickly jerks into sickly sweet and thoroughly meaningless sop. Some gorgeous images, some smart dialogue, and a story with all its interesting edges polished to nothing.

  17. Natty's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    so who else shed a tear?

  18. Mark Commode's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

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  21. RoRoRoro's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

  22. SpacePirate's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    I typically am not a fan of overly patriotic/moral films, but this one just kinda hits all the right notes. Being big fans of Wright, Loy, and Andrews helped. Easy to see this was a hit at the Oscars in post-war America.

  23. Huey McEvoy's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    An ensemble piece of interconnected narratives looking at the many underdiscussed issues of the post-war day - PTSD, disability, divorce, familial dischord, depression - it's almost succeeds as an exercise in social realism, were it not so reactionary. The script is remarkable, though it ultimately succumbs to melodrama and moralism.

  24. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film The Best Years of Our Lives

    Dana Andrews is the star of this film and he should have been rewarded with an Oscar nomination, at least. I don't understand why he was not more appreciated in Hollywood. I know he had an alcohol problem but who didn't then. His minimalist style wears well. The movie, itself, is absorbing but not great.

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