M*A*S*H (1970)

Although he was not the first choice to direct it, the hit black comedy MASH established Robert Altman as one of the leading figures of Hollywood's 1970s generation of innovative and irreverent young filmmakers. Scripted by Hollywood… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 31, 1970
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bold, timely, subversive, and above all funny, M*A*S*H remains a high point in Robert Altman's distinguished filmography.

TIME Magazine

M.A.S.H., one of America's funniest bloody films, is also one of its bloodiest funny films.

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Variety Staff

In the end M.A.S.H. succeeds, in spite of its glaring faults.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

What lingers is the Army's sexism. At first it's exposed but the story soon indulges in the humiliation of women. M*A*S*H* remains enjoyably irreverent but falls well short of the counterculture, anti-establishment war-satire it could've been.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

For me, M*A*S*H contains as much depression as humor.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It shows Altman's stylistic signature in embryonic form.

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Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

As a savage comedy about man's rebellion in the face of death it has rarely been bettered.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is still watchable for the verve of the ensemble acting and dovetailing direction, but some of the crassness leaves a sour aftertaste.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the reasons M*A*S*H is so funny is that it's so desperate.

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It's Altman at his irreverent, hilarious best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Robert Altman's film about wartime Korea actually has very little to do with Korea and everything to do with the counterculture revolution, circa 1968 or… More
xGary Xx
The staff of a mobile army surgical hospital work and play near the front lines of the Korean war. Robert Altman's satire was released just as the tide of… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Altman's anti-war classic is a delicious satire - irreverent, subversive and downright hilarious -, with a perfect episodic structure for the sort of… More
Daniel Perry
I just don't get what was so great about M*A*S*H*. Maybe satire was not common at the time, and maybe subverting the army and various wars wasn't… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
While certainly the humor is dated, M*A*S*H is still witty and smart, and has an episodic format that works well.
Directors Cat
A classic hilarious example of quality black comedy. M*a*s*h has so many funny quotes and characters that it'll make you laugh more and more upon multiple… More