The Life of Emile Zola 1937

Critics score:
75 / 100

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Frank S. Nugent, New York Times: A great and valuable and stirring film document. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: This act of altruism on behalf of the brothers Warner was rewarded with the best picture Oscar for 1937; it isn't so much bad as utterly, magisterially bland. Read more

Kate Cameron, New York Daily News: The most distinguished and most important contribution to the screen this year. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It's a compelling film that demands no previous knowledge of the title character in order to derive satisfaction from the story. Read more

TIME Magazine: Last week Warner Brothers released a movie which is probably the outstanding prestige picture of the season. It is also one of the best shows. Read more

Tom Milne, Time Out: Carefully mounted, well directed and acted, but basically the sort of well-meaning pap out of which Oscars are made. Read more

John C. Flinn Sr., Variety: The film is destined to box office approval of the most substantial character. It is finely made and merits high rating as cinema art and significant recognition as major showmanship. Read more