Wings
Wings (1927)

Wings, the first feature film to win an Academy Award, tends to disappoint a little when seen today. Too much time is afforded the wheezy old plotline about two World War I aviators (Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen) in love with the same woman… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Subsequent war epics may have borrowed heavily from the original Best Picture winner, but they've all lacked Clara Bow's luminous screen presence and William Wellman's deft direction.

TIME Magazine

The audience gulped down the plot as conventional but reliable stuff, watched with waning interest while spinning, swerving, dodging planes grew into confused monotony against a background of unpicturesque ether.

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Time Out

Long touted as a classic by cinema historians, and justifying almost every adjectival extravagance.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

William Wellman's silent WW1 flying epic soars thrillingly while it's airborne, but on the ground it plods.

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Sid Silverman
Variety

There not being so much of Clara Bow in the picture, or a straining for her to turn on that 'it' personality, she gives an all around corking performance.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

This feature gives one an unforgettable idea of the existence of these daring fighters.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

A mixture of melodrama, sentimental romance and heavy-handed comedy, Wings was superbly choreographed with skilfully photographed stunt flying and aerial combat.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It won the first Academy Award for best picture back in 1927, establishing a tradition of silliness that hasn't been broken to this day, but there is some thrilling flying footage and impressively expensive spectacle.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Admittedly, this movie has not aged as well as many of its contemporaries, but it's not hard to understand why it was accorded the Oscar (a term that, by the way, had not yet been coined).

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Not a very unique, nor an especially artistic production, for sure, but it is one heck of an outstanding picture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Masterful and deeply moving.
AJ Verser
I can't believe I forgot to rate this movie! I saw it a long time ago on TV, and I just loved it. I want to see it again, though, since I don't… More
Chris Weber
Part of what makes this film so important is that it was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Since I haven't seen the other films it… More
Dillon Lupky
So this was the original Best Picture winner...not a bad start. Some of the special effects in this film were very well made, and the story isn't bad… More
Jameson Worley
For my first silent film ever, Wings more than met my standards, it blew me away. Winner of the very first Best Picture Academy Award, this film is one that… More
Byron Brubaker
When I first started my goal of seeing Oscar winning movies I started at the beginning. If this had not been so good, I probably would not have made it too… More