Cavalcade (1933)

This stately film adaptation of the stage hit by Noel Coward concentrates on the years 1901 through 1933, as seen through the eyes of an upper-class British family and its servants. Clive Brook and Diana Wynyard portray the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1933
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though solidly acted and pleasant to look at, Cavalcade lacks cohesion, and sacrifices true emotion for mawkishness.

Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

It's rife with fey, unintentional camp like the scene in which a newlywed couple pledge eternal love on the deck of an ocean liner -- only to move away and reveal a life preserver labeled Titanic.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Nary a tear-jerking trick is missed (our family loses one son to the Titanic, the other to World War I), and the strangulation is compounded by the staginess since the film.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

Critics at the time loved this rather sanctimonious jaunt through history. Seen from the vantage point of post-Second World War egalitarianism, however, it all appears quaint and riddled with accepted class differences.

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TIME Magazine

Almost certain to be near the top of the list for 1933.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is a most affecting and impressive picture.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

It's hard not to see Cavalcade today as a corny contraption... [Blu-ray]

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Variety Staff

This is the first big film out of the Fox studio since Sheehan's return there and this is a big picture from and on every angle.

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James Berardinelli

If nothing else, this reveals something about the lingering power of World War I on the national and international psyches during the era.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

As drama it gets a little too soapy and the jumps in time can seem abrupt, but "Cavalcade" really does convey a sense of history and historical periods.

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Panarama of a family over many years is not a bad film but certainly not deserving of a Best Picture Oscar.
Cinema Films
Almost no one remembers the film today. Still, it's noteworthy to be reminded that sometimes, yesterday's news is worth looking at again. Cavalcade… More
AJ Verser
Boring! If they wanted to tell the audience what life was like at the beginning of the 20th century without an entertaining story, they should have made a… More
Lord Naseby
well, I can say that I certainly appreciate the history behind it. I liked all of the historical events that it covered. however it had few merits beyond that.… More
John Ballantine
The version that I assume is the best copy available was so poorly preserved and takes the viewer out of the story. I never got into it.
Leo L
A favorite.