An American Romance
An American Romance (1944)

Director King Vidor intended An American Romance as the third entry in his "War, Wheat and Steel" trilogy (the War had been covered in The Big Parade, while Wheat was dispensed with in Our Daily Bread). Two years in production,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 11, 1944
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Vidor made a great big color picture with an abundance of vivid American scenes but with a story so banal and tedious that the whole film seems one massive platitude.

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Variety Staff
Variety

King Vidor's story, coupled with his forthright direction and the excellent acting, are assets that add up to a winning total.

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Time Out

No other American director ever matched Vidor's sense of personal struggle, or the muscular poetry he found to express it.

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Film4

It takes a while to get going, but is an exemplary piece of film-making nevertheless.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Even as the drama disintegrates, Vidor's skill in presenting the rhythms of collective action (here, the work of the mills and factories) raises the documentary sections of the film to the level of his best work.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Virtuoso performance by Donlevy from young immigrant to old industrialist keeps this overlong saga moving.

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