How I Won the War
How I Won the War (1967)

Among the first of the late 60s anti-war films that reflected growing concern over the Vietnam War, How I Won the War takes a cold, dark look at the Good War, World War II. In adapting Patrick Ryan's 1963 novel, screenwriter Charles… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1967
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Patrick Ryan's novel has been adapted into a screenplay which, as directed by Richard Lester, substitutes motion for emotion, reeling for feeling, and crude slapstick for telling satire.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I got no impression from this film that Lester really, personally, cares very strongly one way or the other about war. It was only a currently fashionable subject, a good excuse to make a movie.

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Steve Crum

Thought provoking, at very least, John Lennon starrer.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Dated, maybe, but Lester's gruesomely black anti-war comedy still looks inventive, and manages occasionally to hit home with its blend of surreal lunacy and barbed satire.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Lester's op-pop style, jump cutting from incident to incident, seems too inherently cheerful for the material, which features fountains of stage blood.

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TV Guide

This seemingly incongruous mixture will work for some viewers, and, though the seriousness of Lester's intent may not be appreciated by everyone, most should at least find something here to make them laugh.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

I am afraid Mr. Lester has not added a single discouragement of war, but simply a little discouragement toward patronizing too-pretentious films.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

A film so critical of others' attitudes should perhaps have given more positive vetting to its own.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It still has an edge most films would shy away from. It's brilliant, bitter, defiant and angry.

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