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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Movie Reviews

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worleyjamers 06/25/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Released in 1930, this classic war piece slightly let me down. This is a very good movie, no doubt. The visual effects and battle sequences were fantastic, especially for a film that is over 80 years old. The visuals were even better than another great WW1 classic, Wings, which also blew me away. This film was completely ahead of its time. Also, the message is very powerful. This is one of the absolute best anti-war films around, even in its old age. But, the acting was mediocre and the dialogue bordered on terrible at times.

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Snoogans 02/15/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A few scenes share some reminiscent qualities to one of my favorite war films 'Paths of Glory'. Both exist as a certain type of 'anti' war movie that don't preach peace, but rather point out the wrongness of war through the despair of the characters. The battle scenes are realistically violent for the time it was made. Not overtly bloody, just very effective at portraying the ugliness. The frightened nature of the young soldiers and the stern attitude of the generals collide into emotional moments that accurately portray a confused morality. The subdued, honest perspective of the material helps the messages in the film resonate still to this day.

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Ryan Stephen M 04/14/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

All Quiet on the Western Front is an old war movie that follows a young German soldier during World War 1.

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Chris Kavan 06/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Despite its age, this films still resonates well today with a powerful anti-war message that is at odds with many other films. Thanks to some great performances, notably Lewis Ayres, it manages to overcome its limitations and really present an honest look at war.

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mitchellyoung 09/15/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

This is one of the most poetic and beautiful films I have seen about war - particularly the emotional state of soldier's during war. The closing scene with the butterfly has a tenderness that I've rarely seen equalled in war films since.

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Ichabod Crane 05/14/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

This not a pleasant film to watch nor should it be because that really was the intention of the film. It is really rather painful to watch due to its starkness and I cannot really tell someone they need to watch it because it is not the least bit entertaining but it does what it is suppose to do. Though in terms of standard quality it is automatically not perfect because the main chracters really overact.

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sapien 01/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Gotta give it a high ranking for being an excellent anti-war movie.

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TheWolf 08/21/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

All Quiet On the Western Front, however, attempts precisely the opposite. It follows a group of young German students who, with intense pressure from their teacher, enlist to fight in WW1. Never throughout the entire film are their experiences with war glorified or shown in such a way as to somehow justify or rationalize what they're going through and doing. It is a dark a harsh look at the effects of war. For a movie that was one of the early talkie's this film was quite powerfully composed.

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Alex 01/30/2007 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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1.5/4 

Wow, this is the most dated movie I have ever seen. It is very much over acted, very poorly paced, and not fun to watch. I would say this is an old movie that needs only to be seen for its historic implications. If you want something like it, but great, see "Paths of Glory."

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