The Front
The Front (1976)

Martin Ritt's The Front is a black-comedy about the McCarthy hearings of the '50s and the subsequent Hollywood blacklisting. Woody Allen plays a bookmaker who become "a front" for a group of blacklisted Hollywood… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 17, 1976
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

An empty monument to the senility of American liberalism.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ritt's direction is all sweaty close-ups and mismatched shots.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Although made by those who were punished by being blacklisted during that period, the film disappoints by being so politically mild.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It recreates the awful noise of ignorance that can still be heard.

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Emanuel Levy

As directed by Martin Ritt and played by Woody Allen, this is a well intentioned but oversimplified tale, which is mostly useful as an historical reminder of a shameful chapter in Hollywood's blacklisting era

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Mark Bourne

Any reminder of the tribulations undergone by the blacklistees serves a useful and eye-opening purpose, but good intentions and a sense of martyrdom don't by themselves fill the glass.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The tragedy implied by this character tells us what we need to know about the blacklist's effect on people's lives; the rest of the movie adds almost nothing else.

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TV Guide

A pretty sluggish movie.

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Scott Weinberg

The Front may not be all you need to know about the 1950's blacklist tragedy, but it's certainly one of the finest films ever made on the subject.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Morris
The Front is a worthwhile but flat film that combines a Woody Allen comic persona with an earnest desire to educate modern audiences (this was 76, it really… More
Daniel Dolgin
The Front stars Woody Allen (not written or directed by) as a front for blacklisted writers. I didn't find much funny with this movie, and often the story… More
Michael Gildea
Not that great but the last line makes the movie well worth seeing.
Jeffrey Meyers
An effective dramedy that works as an indictment of McCarthyism and the use of blacklisting during the Red Scare. I wish the film had opted to focus more on the… More