Cavalcade (1933)

Winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and "Interior Design," this is a period piece with excellent ambiance. Tracing the lives of two British families from the beginning of the century through 1930, this adaptation of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1933
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though solidly acted and pleasant to look at, Cavalcade lacks cohesion, and sacrifices true emotion for mawkishness.

Hollywood Reporter

It is, all in all, a picture that can be highly recommended and commended for its honesty of purpose and its magnificent characterizations, and one that deserves the very best in exploitation to put it over.

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TIME Magazine

Almost certain to be near the top of the list for 1933.

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S. James Wegg

The unholy joy of war

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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News

A gloriously, heart-rendingly beautiful, stirring picture of a generation in British family life.

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Variety Staff

This is the first big film out of the Fox studio since Sheehan's return there and this is a big picture from and on every angle.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Despite the old fashioned, mawkish tone, I found the story to have a cumulative effect on me.

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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

It's rife with fey, unintentional camp like the scene in which a newlywed couple pledge eternal love on the deck of an ocean liner -- only to move away and reveal a life preserver labeled Titanic.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Nary a tear-jerking trick is missed (our family loses one son to the Titanic, the other to World War I), and the strangulation is compounded by the staginess since the film.

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Witney Seibold

I can only glean that Cavalcade's obscurity is owed largely to the fact that it's just not that great a movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Panarama of a family over many years is not a bad film but certainly not deserving of a Best Picture Oscar.
Cinema Films
Almost no one remembers the film today. Still, it's noteworthy to be reminded that sometimes, yesterday's news is worth looking at again. Cavalcade… More
Aj V
Boring! If they wanted to tell the audience what life was like at the beginning of the 20th century without an entertaining story, they should have made a… More
Lord Naseby
well, I can say that I certainly appreciate the history behind it. I liked all of the historical events that it covered. however it had few merits beyond that.… More
John Ballantine
The version that I assume is the best copy available was so poorly preserved and takes the viewer out of the story. I never got into it.
Leo L
A favorite.