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New York Times:
Mr. Rossen has assembled in this starkly unprettified film a piece of pictorial journalism that is remarkable for its brilliant parts.
Wall Street Journal:
A poisonous political process from our not-so-distant past dominates Robert Rossen's classic film about the rise of a Southern demagogue.
Not only has this movie stood the test of time, but its content is as uncomfortable and relevant today as it was the day the film premiered.
A fine adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer novel.
It is a film that vividly impresses, with dramatic sureness the chicanery of politics as have been practiced in the past and may crop up again.