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New York Times:
It is seldom that there comes a motion picture which can be wholly and enthusiastically endorsed not only as superlative entertainment but as food for quiet and humanizing thought.
I'd call this the best American movie about returning soldiers I've ever seen -- the most moving and the most deeply felt.
The film is very proud of itself, exuding a stifling piety at times, but it works as well as this sort of thing can, thanks to accomplished performances by Fredric March, Myrna Loy, and Dana Andrews, who keep the human element afloat.
Profoundly and sensitively balances the private demons of scarred veterans and the press of public policies that leave their mark on daily life.
New York Daily News:
As far as this review is concerned, it is the best picture to come out of Hollywood since the end of the war.
The feeling of warmth and satisfaction that accompanies the conclusion is the hallmark of a great drama.
Surprisingly modern: lean, direct, honest about issues that Hollywood then studiously avoided.
Like most good mass entertainments, this picture has occasional moments of knowing hokum; but unlike most sure-fire movies, it was put together with good taste, honesty, wit -- and even a strong suggestion of guts.
Overlong, perhaps, but this tender and occasionally tough look at the plight of returning war veterans is one of Wyler's best films.
William Wyler's heartbreaking postwar ballad seems even more radical today than it did in its Oscar-thick heyday. It's as non-propagandistic as an unemployment line.