Gentleman's Agreement
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

Adapted by Moss Hart from the novel by Laura Z. Hobson, this film stars Gregory Peck as recently widowed journalist Phil Green. With a growing son (Dean Stockwell) to support, Green is receptive to the invitation of magazine publisher John… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 11, 1947
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It occasionally fails to live up to its subject matter -- and is perhaps an 'important' film more than a 'great' one -- but the performances from Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire are superb.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

The words ring out with clarity from the Mayfair screen and there is no mistaking their meaning. They are not lost on the wind, but hit you full in the face, making you sit up and take notice of the force behind them.

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James Berardinelli

The movie is as powerful today as when it captured the Best Picture Oscar a few years after Hitler's genocide ended in Europe.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Powerful film still makes one of the most insightful attacks on racism ever shot.

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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

Agreement was tame, cautious stuff even back then.

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TIME Magazine

Gentleman's Agreement is an important experiment, honestly approached and successfully brought off.

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Witney Seibold

Can Gentleman's Agreement be a salient, good movie, and still be entirely too corny? Maybe it's just because I'm looking back at it from the modern day, but Gentleman's Agreement plays hokey and preachy a lot of the time.

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Robert Hatch
The New Republic

By dispassionate critical standards, Gentleman's Agreement is not a success. It is a tract rather than a play and it has the crusader's shortcomings.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It looks pretty timorous now.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Diabolically dull and somber to the point that it's almost worth laughing at it, except that Gregory Peck's incredibly serious expressions have the tendency to make laughter dry out and die.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A newspaperman lies and tells his co-workers that he's Jewish in order to experience prejudice. A strong performance by Gregory Peck is the main attraction… More
Aj V
This is a good serious drama about persecution of Jews in modern society (of the 40s).
Kevin M. Williams
Very serious piece about silent prejudice, where the usual hallmarks of bigotry are hidden under a polished but greasy veneer of smiling good manners. Ahead of… More
William Sleet
In 1947, I have no doubt it was a damning indictment of racial bigotry. But today it just feels smug and very dull. Personally I have always found it hard to… More
Chris Weber
Back when it was released during the late 1940s, this film was really quite something. It was a serious drma which tackled the issue of prejudice, specifically… More
Byron Brubaker
I love the message of this movie. This I think is the best of several social issue movies from the 40's. Well written and really makes you think before… More