Sergeant York
Sergeant York (1941)

Based on a true WWI story, this film follows a religious Tennessee boy, who is initially opposed to war. York is drafted into the Army, where he realizes that there is indeed justification for fighting. In the course of service, he becomes… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 27, 1941
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

For Gary Cooper the role is made to order.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Even given a nest of flaws, the basic arc works beautifully: Cooper's abashed, aw-shucks demeanor is a perfect fit for the part.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

This is one of those movies where the star appears to have been born to play the role.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The performance of Gary Cooper in the title role holds the picture together magnificently, and even the most unfavorable touches are made palatable because of him.

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Steve Crum

Moving, memorable, great Warner Bros. biography of WWI hero York, with fine Cooper performance--an Oscar winner.

Emanuel Levy

Setting a precedent by preseting the saga of a celeb sill alive, the Hawks biopic is a tale of transformation of an obscure Tennessee hillbilly into a national hero, thus showing the validity of the democratic credo that heroes are not born but made.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The first half is quite good, documenting York's rural upbringing with great simplicity and charm. But the second part -- the war -- degenerates quickly and grotesquely.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Sergeant York brought him Hawks one and only Oscar nomination for Best Director, and it's arguably his least interesting film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Nothing to get upset about, but also not much to get excited about.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A "simple" Appalachian converts to Christianity and then goes to WWI. There is a scene in which York is struck by lightning, which propels him to… More
John Ballantine
Gary Cooper is back as his old plodding self as an unlikely war hero who learns how to fire a gun all over again and eventually takes out a bunch of Germans.… More
Michael Gildea
I liked Sergeant York but wasn't absolutely floored by it. The first half of the movie where York is a hell-raising yokel was entertaining, even if it did… More
Mark K
Once in a while it's good to look back at classic films that reflected the era in which they were made. At the outbreak of World War II, there was the… More
Byron Brubaker
I don't want to be a soldier. I don't want to go to war. I would seriously consider dodging the draft if there still was one. I identified with… More
Stephen Earnest
Bogged down by a bland script, overdone Southern accents, and a one-note performance from Gary Cooper, "Sergeant Cooper" does anything but entertain.… More