For Whom the Bell Tolls
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, this romantic drama is set against the turbulent tapestry of the Spanish Civil War. Gary Cooper plays Robert Jordan, an idealistic American fighting with a Spanish guerilla band. He is assigned to… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1943
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Agee
The Nation

The rhythm of this film, in fact, is the most defective I have ever seen in a superproduction.

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Moira Sullivan

Ingrid Bergman in an unusual role as an enabler to stoic Cooper during the Spanish Civil War.

Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Not horrible, but if you really want to know this story, don't bother with the movie at all. Go out and read the book.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Overlong and not wholly convincing

Emanuel Levy

Though diffuse and overlong, and its politics vague, the film's star performances of Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper are appealing; Hemingway wrote the novel with Coop in mind.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Cooper is great as the knowing and weary Robert.

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Kevin M. Williams
Papa picked Coop and Bergman particularly to play his leads (no doubt as swept by Hollywood charisma as anyone) in his tale of an American abroad fighting for… More
Bruce Bruce
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Jim Hunter
During the Spanish Civil War, an American mercenary works with a local group of fighters to blow up a bridge. I've written before that if there's a… More
John Ballantine
Once again, we have the dullness of a Gary Cooper performance ruining an adaptation of Hemingway. Cooper bumbles and fumbles all through the backdrop of the… More
jay nixon
Some solid performances can't compensate for the extreme overlength of this. An hour's editing could have made this a fine film but it just goes on… More