Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory (1957)

When soldiers in World War I refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superior officers decide to make an example of them.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 25, 1957
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Paths of Glory is a transcendentally humane war movie from Stanley Kubrick, with impressive, protracted battle sequences and a knock-out ending.

David Mermelstein
Wall Street Journal

More than 20 years after Mr. Cobb's novel was first published, Mr. Kubrick reminded us that human folly is rarely checked for long. A half-century on, he is still right.

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Variety Staff

While the subject is well handled and enacted in a series of outstanding characterizations, it seems dated and makes for grim screen fare.

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Tom Grieve
The Skinny

High on tension, low on fat and fully deserving of its reputation as one of the finest war films ever made.

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Crosby Day
Orlando Sentinel

Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest performances as the intelligent and courageous Col. Dax.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This masterpiece still packs a wallop, though nothing in it is as simple as it may first appear; audiences are still arguing about the final sequence, which has been characterized as everything from a sentimental cop-out to the ultimate cynical twist.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Those who are used to 2001: A Space Odyssey or A Clockwork Orange will initially find this black-and-white First World War drama starring Kirk Douglas rather traditional, until its radical content is revealed.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The sardonic rhetoric may be laid on a little heavily at times, but the movie is blunt and scornfully brilliant.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The final scene, in which Kubrick presents close-ups of soldiers watching a captured German girl being forced to sing for their pleasure is nothing short of masterful.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Classic Kubrick film with complex, heavy, anti-war themes.

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