Since You Went Away
Since You Went Away (1944)

David O. Selznick's first production since 1940's Rebecca, Since You Went Away, based on Margaret Buell Wilder's bestselling novel, is a long but rewarding paean to the World War 2 "home front". Claudette Colbert plays… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 20, 1944
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Some could potentially find it too sentimental, but the tone is comparable to what you'd find in one of Frank Capra's movie of the era ... Since You Went Away is a sweet film, and it's a true surprise that it's not better-remembered today.

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Emanuel Levy

Selznick's schmaltzy tale of the heroic behavior of one "typical" American family during WWII boasts noble political values, but it's devoid of many artistic merits.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

World War II propaganda homefront schmaltz

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Colbert is too good, and the script (though bloated) too full of lovely details about small town American life in the '40s to reject it outright.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

I cherished the film's three-hour running time because it gave me time to get to know these people, even love them a little.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

In a vital period of film history, war films ran the gamut of topics, none more fascinating or heart-wrenching as those of the lives of the people left behind at home.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Beautifully made wartime drama with stellar cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Selnick's slick paean to an idealized life at the homefront while Dad's away fighting the war shows an upper middle class family "roughing… More
John Ballantine
Likely very memorable during the war days. Here we have the tale of pining away for people who have gone overseas without modern communication to let you know… More
Randy Tippy
Nice 40's drama reflecting the "war at home" during the height of WWII. Superb performances from Claudette Colbert and Lionel Barrymore. The… More
cody franklin
A gorgeous looking film with a all-star cast.Its about the everyday lives of a mother and her two daughters on the home front during WWII while all the men are… More
jay nixon
long and at times a little heavy on the corn but also very touching with beautiful cinematography and fine performances.