If....
If.... (1968)

Lindsay Anderson's If.... is a daringly anarchic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 19, 2007
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Incendiary, subversive, and darkly humorous, If.... is a landmark of British countercultural cinema.

Variety Staff
Variety

Punchy, poetic pic that delves into the epic theme of youthful revolt.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

A modern classic in which Anderson minutely captures both the particular ethos of a public school and the general flavour of any structured community.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY]...a bold commentary on the adverse effects of abusive regimented indoctrination techniques used by British boarding schools and military outfits alike.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film finally succumbs to its own abstraction with an ending that satisfies neither symbolism nor wish fulfillment.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

If . . . is so good and strong that even those things in the movie that strike me as being first-class mistakes are of more interest than entire movies made by smoothly consistent, lesser directors.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

If.... is more than a little dated, and some patches get pretty long, but it feels alive ... and that's important.

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Elliott Stein
Village Voice

A film of tremendous resonance, coming when it did in 1968 with the force of a grenade.

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Anton Bitel
FilmLand Empire

Shot a few months before the student riots in Paris of May 1968, if.... captures the rebelliousness and anti-authoritarianism of the time, while raising troubling questions about where it might all be leading, and what risked being lost.

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Film4

Amongst the greatest British films of the post-war years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Steven Carrier
Lindsay Anderson's "If...." is a sly, confident film about anarchy. Not necessarily enjoyable but certainly always interesting. Anderson's… More
AJ Verser
This movie is reminiscent of Zero de Conduit, a movie where the students stage a resistance to their teachers. This movie is more violent, though. Plus,… More
Daniel Mumby
In selecting the greatest high school movie of all time, there are a number of different 'schools' from which to choose. We have the light-hearted… More
Cassandra Maples
Like so many other British films of the same time "if...." is a classic. The storyline, direction, location and acting are all stunning and as an… More
Lucas Martins
A great satire counterculture of the British's traditional educational system. An Lindsay Anderson's masterpiece with the strange dark humor and… More
jay nixon
Stream of conciousness crap, an unpleasant way to waste a couple of hours.