The Stars Look Down
The Stars Look Down (1940)

This film is set in a northern England mining town. The parents of Michael Redgrave have labored long and hard so that their son can make something of himself. While away at school, Redgrave is trapped into marriage by Margaret Lockwood,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 24, 1940
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Time Out

Some two decades before the Kitchen Sink cinema of the British New Wave, Carol Reed made this serious, committed film about life in a northern mining community.

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TV Guide

At once topical and enduring, this powerful drama influenced by the social realism of the British documentary greatly enhanced the growing reputation of Reed, then a young director.

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Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

A well-mounted piece of filmmaking, with Reed drawing good performances from a talented cast and handling most scenes, particularly the nail-biting tragic/predictable climax, well.

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Variety Staff

There are some gaps where treatment is not on par with dramatic situation.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The classic b/w film is rich in detail and atmosphere of mining life.

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Theodore Strauss
New York Times

In The Stars Look Down Mr. Reed has made a film to be remembered in this or any other season.

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[An] utterly compelling mix of social realism and highly crafted cinematic art.

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