Swing Shift
Swing Shift (1984)

Director Jonathan Demme made one of his more conventional movies with Swing Shift, an examination of life on the American home front during WWII. Goldie Hawn, who also served as the film's producer, stars as Kay, a woman who takes a job… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 13, 1984
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Swing Shift tries ... to twist some consequence out of a tawdry adulterous tryst by a couple of self-centered sneaks. But the writing and acting are too flat for the challenge.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Offers Miss Hawn her best role since ''Private Benjamin,'' and she is most winning.

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TV Guide

Demme's characteristic generosity toward his characters and refusal to make absolute moral judgments are strong points, while the feminist subtext adds freshness to the story.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Hawn, atypically cast and supported by all-round excellent performances, proves that she can act.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The conventional period romantic drama has good details of the period and some fine dramatic moments, that at least kept it from being a bomb.

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Emanuel Levy

Despite compromises, a result of interference in director Demme's work, this fictional look at a Rosie the Riveter kind of woman displays a nice feminist perspective on WWII and terrific performances from Goldie Hawn and especially Christine Lahti.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There's no suspense and no big emotional payoff, but the movie is always absorbing.

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Empire Magazine

At its heart lies a sweet romance, with good performances from both the leads and an Oscar nomination for supporting actress Lahti.

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Pete Croatto

Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson could learn a few things watching this. Or maybe they already have.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Nice period feeling and an interesting premise that doesn't get a lot of attention, womens role in the workplace during WWII. They should have focused on… More
Moe E
Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Christine Lahti shine in their portrayal of those left behind to build the US war machine while the able-bodied men are off… More