The Stars Look Down
The Stars Look Down (1940)

A. J. Cronin's novel was brought to the screen by director Carol Reed. The film is set in a northern England mining town (far more realistically depicted than the back-lot Welsh village in John Ford's How Green Was My Valley. The… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 24, 1940
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Time Out

Some two decades before the Kitchen Sink cinema of the British New Wave, Carol Reed made this serious, committed film about life in a northern mining community.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

At once topical and enduring, this powerful drama influenced by the social realism of the British documentary greatly enhanced the growing reputation of Reed, then a young director.

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Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

A well-mounted piece of filmmaking, with Reed drawing good performances from a talented cast and handling most scenes, particularly the nail-biting tragic/predictable climax, well.

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Variety Staff

There are some gaps where treatment is not on par with dramatic situation.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The classic b/w film is rich in detail and atmosphere of mining life.

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Theodore Strauss
New York Times

In The Stars Look Down Mr. Reed has made a film to be remembered in this or any other season.

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[An] utterly compelling mix of social realism and highly crafted cinematic art.

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