All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 24, 1930
DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Lewis Milestone's brilliant anti-war polemic, headlined by an unforgettable performance from Lew Ayres, lays bare the tragic foolishness at the heart of war.

Irene Thirer
New York Daily News

So magnificent, so powerful, that it hardly behooves mere words to tell of its heart-rending appeal, of its dramatic fire, its breath-taking battle shots in which men stab and kill each other, for the glory of war.

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Variety Staff

A harrowing, gruesome, morbid tale of war.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

The performances are haunting.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

The despair-and the artistry-is breathtaking.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Deserves its reputation as a classic.

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Witney Seibold

It not only seeks to straddle the high dramatic of the silent era with the more staid aesthetics of the sound era, but it seeks to reveal wartime horror to such a heart-wrenching degree that it will undo war altogether.

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TIME Magazine

From such grisly materials the popular cinema is rarely drawn. The film is monumental in the courage that risked its manufacture.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film's strength now derives less from its admittedly powerful but highly simplistic utterances about war as waste, than from a generally excellent set of performances (Ayres especially) and an almost total reluctance to follow normal plot structure.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

The performances are also exemplary, but it is primarily a film of great moments -- the climactic sequence of the young conscript reaching out for a butterfly in the sun -- that, once seen, are never forgotten.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Based on a novel and probably one of the most realistic war films I have ever see. WW1 is the setting for this unusual look at life for German troops on the… More
Jim Careter
All Quiet on the Western Front is probably the most truthful and one of the best war films of all time, and a true tear jerker.
Alex roy
A classic anti war film, All Quiet on the Western Front is a masterwork of filmmaking. Over 80 years after its release, the film is still very effective, and… More
Chris Weber
Not only is this a great adaptation of a wonderful book, but it holds up as just a great film in its own right. I don't know what other films were… More
Jim Hunter
A group of German schoolboys enlists to serve in the Great War. As vital, disturbing, and powerful now as it was when it was written and filmed, All Quiet on… More
Jameson Worley
Released in 1930, this classic war piece slightly let me down. This is a very good movie, no doubt. The visual effects and battle sequences were fantastic,… More