Make Way for Tomorrow
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Make Way for Tomorrow
While not a box-office success, this drama, directed by Leo McCarey, developed a potent reputation among film critics and movie buffs for its sensitive and perceptive treatment of the problems of the elderly. When McCarey won the Oscar for Best Director the same year for The Awful Truth, he remarked that the Academy gave him the award for the wrong movie. Barkley and Lucy Cooper (Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) are a couple in their late 60s who have fallen on hard times and have been given the bad news that the bank is foreclosing on their house. Barkley and Lucy turn to their five children… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The final third is an absolute miracle - one of the greatest sequences in 1930s American cinema."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Let's just say that, in calling Make Way for Tomorrow a masterpiece, we'll also call it a dear movie, a wonderful movie, a refreshing movie, or an honest movie. Maybe those terms will make it a bit more appealing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[Leo] McCarey's most personal picture and his most moving drama, the rare Hollywood film to confront issues of aging head on."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Age and wisdom exit the stage, leaving youthful oblivion."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"The most convincing love story ever put on screen."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Make Way eulogizes humanity so well that it's as painful as it is beautiful."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"An Ozu-like tear-jerker family drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"All of this leads to an ending that is not just the most moving thing McCarey ever fashioned, but may just be the moving thing anyone ever committed to film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"one of the saddest, much touching, and most powerfully introspective films produced during the classical era of Hollywood cinema"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Hollywood melodramas do not often compare to timeless masterpieces of world cinema, but this does, largely through McCarey's sophisticated blend of tragic pathos, psychological insight, and rich, knowing humor."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
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