Patton 1970

Critics score:
95 / 100

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Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Scott strikes an unforgettable figure. Read more

Andrew Sarris, Village Voice: George C. Scott's performance cannot be praised highly enough for capturing both the violence and the vulnerability of the Patton personality without degenerating either into vulgar caricature or cardboard sentimentality. Read more

TIME Magazine: The movie's vision blurs the man and, incidentally, the just war around him. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Nixon's favorite movie, which proves he was blind to ambiguity as well as a few other things. Read more

Wanda Hale, New York Daily News: I'd like to pin four stars on each shoulder of George C. Scott for his perspective characterization of the military genius, the controversial man. Read more

Vincent Canby, New York Times: It's both fascinating and appalling the sort of extravagant technically superior spectacle that only a big Hollywood movie company could afford to make, and the story of a man about whom only the Establishment could become genuinely sentimental. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Remains to this day one of Hollywood's most compelling biographical war pictures. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Scott's theatricality is electrifying. Read more

Phil Hardy, Time Out: The film lays bare the roots of Patton's lust for power in his willingess to sacrifice everything to his vaunting ego, a trait which is mirrored in George C Scott's superb performance. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: War is hell, and Patton is one hell of a war picture, perhaps one of the most remarkable of its type ever made. Read more