Mrs. Miniver
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As Academy Award-winning films go, Mrs. Miniver has not weathered the years all that well. This prettified, idealized view of the upper-class British home front during World War II sometimes seems over-calculated and contrived when seen today. In particular, Greer Garson's Oscar-winning performance in the title role often comes off as artificial, especially when she nobly tends her rose garden while her stalwart husband (Walter Pidgeon) participates in the evacuation at Dunkirk. However, even if the film has lost a good portion of its ability to move and inspire audiences, it is easy to… More
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"That almost impossible feat, a great war picture that photographs the inner meaning, instead of the outward realism of World War II."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Classic soap opera in which good old British understatement has a field day, everybody is frightfully nice, and sentimentality is wrapped up in yards of tasteful gloss."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Mrs Miniver as a whole certainly is very silly sometimes... and yet, and yet. Sometimes through its sheer unselfconscious earnestness, it packs a punch."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Winning WW II story of british pluck that manages to side-step the propaganda trap."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A powerful performance from Greer Garson brings to light a disappointing time in British history just prior to and including its involvement in World War II."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"A poignant story of the joys and sorrows, the humor and pathos of middle-class family life in wartime England."
‑ Herb Golden, Variety
"Certainly it is the finest film yet made about the present war, and a most exalting tribute to the British, who have taken it gallantly."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"[A] superb wartime melodrama."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Plays out as a soap opera melodrama about a gracious family handling the wartime strife with aplomb."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Franklin Roosevelt, who loved the movie, put pressure on MGM to release the film earlier than planned, but playwright Lillian Hellman told director Wyler, "Willie you have made a piece of crap." Even so, the film won Best Picture Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The most famous and perhaps most effective propaganda film of World War II."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's one of a few highly regarded contemporaneous motion pictures to deal frankly with the domestic aspects of World War II."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Regardless of its Hollywood trappings, this remains one of the best movies about a brave era in British history."
‑ , Film4
"Frightfully nice, it's like war at teatime."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An effective piece of wartime cinematic propaganda that helped defeat the Nazis."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
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