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Although he was not the first choice to direct it, the hit black comedy MASH established Robert Altman as one of the leading figures of Hollywood's 1970s generation of innovative and irreverent young filmmakers. Scripted by Hollywood veteran Ring Lardner, Jr., this war comedy details the exploits of military doctors and nurses at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War. Between exceptionally gory hospital shifts and countless rounds of martinis, wisecracking surgeons Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John McIntyre (Elliott Gould) make it their business to undercut… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"For me, M*A*S*H contains as much depression as humor."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"In the end M.A.S.H. succeeds, in spite of its glaring faults."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"That it's is so much of its moment doesn't mean that it's aged poorly... it's brash enough and inventive enough to still feel like a work of radicalism, more than 40 years on,"
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Altman chronicles the sardonic wasteland with a camera that's always in the wrong place at the right time"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A black comedy that rings hollow today."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's the first real film of the 1970s."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It shows Altman's stylistic signature in embryonic form."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "M*A*S*H" ruthlessly satirizes the hypocritical U.S. military, and de facto the U.S. Government, for its systemic hypocrisies and arbitrary means of doling out Draconian punishments to friends and foe alike."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A good dint lower than its reputation, more so if you look at it not as one of the seminal 1970s films but instead as the first chapter from the finest filmmaking career spent examining the American mystique."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Altman boiled away the muddled meat of literary pretension intended to smokescreen the essence of war: blood on the one side and semen on the other."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"This is still watchable for the verve of the ensemble acting and dovetailing direction, but some of the crassness leaves a sour aftertaste."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"One of the reasons M*A*S*H is so funny is that it's so desperate."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Rollicking, biting, satirical classic is so 1970."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Impudent and bold, M.A.S.H., Altman's most commercial film, satirizes the glorification of war, military bureaucracy, social hypocrisy, repressed sexuality and other norms than have lost their validity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A battle against the idea that 'a war movie' had to be a serious affair."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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