How Green Was My Valley
How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Spanning 50 years, director John Ford's How Green Was My Valley revolves around the life of the Morgans, a Welsh mining family, as told through the eyes of its youngest child Huw (Roddy McDowall). Over the years, the family struggles to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it perhaps strays into overly maudlin territory, this working-class drama is saved by a solid cast and director John Ford's unmistakeable style.

Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

The acting is strong, and Arthur Miller's Oscar-winning photography gives the images a spooky luster, but a little bit of Ford's salt-of-the-earth piety goes an awfully long way.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Expert performances from Donald Crisp, Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, and a host of brilliant character actors enhance a magnificent movie experience.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This is precisely the kind of movie that gave Hollywood film-making dignity and supremacy in its heyday.

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TIME Magazine

Because his recollections ring true, they are certain to evoke a similar nostalgia in all but the most slab-sided of moviegoers.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

An elegant and eloquent film, nevertheless, even if the characteristically laconic Fordian poetry seems more contrived here.

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Anthony Bower
The Nation

A screen version of such a book is a bold project, but Darryl Zanuck as producer and John Ford as director have succeeded in capturing to a remarkable degree the atmosphere of the novel.

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Abel Green

How Green Was My Valley is one of the year's better films, a sure-fire critic's picture and, unlike most features that draw kudos from crix, this one will also do business.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

You can never expect to see a film more handsomely played.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Beat out the much superior Citizen Kane for the Oscar for Best Picture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A boy comes of age in a Welsh village. A sprawling, ambitious epic of a film, How Green Was My Valley wreaks of nostalgia, in the voice over, in the… More
Devon Bott
It's a rare quality in film to be able to look back at the safety of youth and remember long dead family members in their healthiest days, but director… More
Chris Weber
If I'm not mistaken, this film is probably best remembered as the won that scored an upset victory over Citizen Kane at the Oscars by nabbing five out of… More
Emily Armstrong
The sheer irony of this movie being in black and white killed me, and it got an entire star for that fact alone. However, this film never ended up going… More
AJ Verser
Other than getting to see a young Roddy McDowall, there wasn't anything of interest in this movie. I did just watch the beginning, really, but it's a… More
Dillon Lupky
So this was the movie that beat Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon out for Best Picture 1941 - bad call ref. If you thought Forrest Gump was overly… More