The Spirit of '45
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The veteran director Ken Loach hoists the red flag with The Spirit of '45, a polemical documentary filled with hope and heroism, which takes a look at the resurrection of Britain after the war."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"A thought-provoking history lesson."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"This film reminds us that admiring the health service has become a distinctively patriotic virtue."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Preaching to the choir."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"A fond postcard from Ken Loach from the era when British socialism with a democratic spirit gripped the nation in a post-war embrace. His sense of cinema serves him well and he knows how to elicit emotions with the various tools at his disposal"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A thin, misleading and sentimental account of history, and how we got from there to here."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"This is not so much a documentary as a barking mad Marxist fantasy."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"The film ends up as a tale told by an ideologue, full of sound and fury, of question-begging certitudes and the siege engines of self-righteousness."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The Spirit of '45 is an important piece of cinema to go and see, and one that truly represents the essence of Britain."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"Loach's argument is often convincing, but it's also one-sided enough that his left-wing message feels as black and white as the film's monochromatic colour scheme."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Using eloquent archive footage and contemporary interviews not exactly representative of the other side of the argument, Loach hammers his points home one by one."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The equivalent of your grandad lecturing you about how things aren't like they used to be."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Demanding balance from a Ken Loach film is a little like wanting a goat to do a handstand."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The unspoken, underlying truth beneath Loach's tenor is that every government has successes and failures, while all enduring issues of fairness surely ought to be seen as non-political."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
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