All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 5, 1999
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97%
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89%



Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Lewis Milestone's brilliant anti-war polemic, headlined by an unforgettable performance from Lew Ayres, lays bare the tragic foolishness at the heart of war.

Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York

The despair-and the artistry-is breathtaking.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Deserves its reputation as a classic.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

The performances are also exemplary, but it is primarily a film of great moments -- the climactic sequence of the young conscript reaching out for a butterfly in the sun -- that, once seen, are never forgotten.

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TIME Magazine

From such grisly materials the popular cinema is rarely drawn. The film is monumental in the courage that risked its manufacture.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film's strength now derives less from its admittedly powerful but highly simplistic utterances about war as waste, than from a generally excellent set of performances (Ayres especially) and an almost total reluctance to follow normal plot structure.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The production values are incredibly high and not just for the time. And as the movie has aged and the film has gone grainier and the flickers increased, it almost adds to the effect.

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Variety Staff
Variety

A harrowing, gruesome, morbid tale of war.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Messrs. Milestone, Abbott and Anderson in this film have contributed a memorable piece of work to the screen.

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Total Film

[A] fascinating, innovative early talkie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
A classic anti war film, All Quiet on the Western Front is a masterwork of filmmaking. Over 80 years after its release, the film is still very effective, and… More
Jim Careter
All Quiet on the Western Front is probably the most truthful and one of the best war films of all time, and a true tear jerker.
Jim Hunter
A group of German schoolboys enlists to serve in the Great War. As vital, disturbing, and powerful now as it was when it was written and filmed, All Quiet on… More
Chris Weber
Not only is this a great adaptation of a wonderful book, but it holds up as just a great film in its own right. I don't know what other films were… More
Phil Hubbs
Based on a novel and probably one of the most realistic war films I have ever see. WW1 is the setting for this unusual look at life for German troops at the… More
Jameson Worley
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,… More