Paths of Glory
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More than 20 years after Mr. Cobb's novel was first published, Mr. Kubrick reminded us that human folly is rarely checked for long. A half-century on, he is still right."
‑ David Mermelstein, Wall Street Journal
"While the subject is well handled and enacted in a series of outstanding characterizations, it seems dated and makes for grim screen fare."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Classic Kubrick film with complex, heavy, anti-war themes."
‑ Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
"It is arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick's best film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"You can sense Kubrick stretching his cinematic wings in this prime slice of Hollywood liberalism."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest performances as the intelligent and courageous Col. Dax."
‑ Crosby Day, Orlando Sentinel
"This masterpiece still packs a wallop, though nothing in it is as simple as it may first appear; audiences are still arguing about the final sequence, which has been characterized as everything from a sentimental cop-out to the ultimate cynical twist."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A reminder both of [Kubrick's] extraordinary formal virtuosity and his powers as a satirist."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Some kind of corrupted masterpiece."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"profound, poignant, and eloquent"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The sardonic rhetoric may be laid on a little heavily at times, but the movie is blunt and scornfully brilliant."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The final scene, in which Kubrick presents close-ups of soldiers watching a captured German girl being forced to sing for their pleasure is nothing short of masterful."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Kirk Douglas and Timothy Carey are outstanding among the troops on the front line, while Kubrick's relentlessly probing camera offers constant evidence of a film-maker at the height of his powers."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The scenes of trench warfare are frighteningly vivid, and Kirk Douglas gives a searing performance as the officer assigned to the hopeless task of defending the three men."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Stanley Kubrick often spoke out against war in his film, using violence as a weapon against the audience's sensibilities. Never was he more convincing as here."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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