Bitter Victory
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nicholas Ray's direction of black-and-white CinemaScope, that freak child of the 50s, is consistently brilliant in this raw, confused masterpiece."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The title tells all."
‑ , Time Out
"There is a sense that while the men here are well-versed in the theories of war, they are clueless about the realities of combat."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"Bitter Victory shows Ray at the height of his powers, making beautiful use of his black-and-white Cinemascope frame."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A brilliant, shamefully neglected war movie."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"Contemplating the dangerous games men play with macho self-images, this survives as one of Ray's greatest works."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film's military detail is in most respects quite ludicrous."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's one of Ray's more powerful films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The whole picture, deeply pessimistic and subversive, exerts a fierce grip."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Has almost become eclipsed by the thunder of Jean-Luc Godard's infamously rapturous tribute in the pages of Cahiers."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Fine thesping by Richard Burton leads a series of top performances by other members of large cast."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Odd amalgam of a French film, starring a British, German, and American trio, directed by an American and written by three men from different countries."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Nicholas Ray directs with an uncompromising austerity that puts the hypocrisy and the bitter inhumanity of war in focus..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, St@tic Multimedia
"A starkly shot and probing inquiry into notions of cowardice and heroism."
‑ , Film4
"...characters remain woefully underdeveloped."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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