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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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  1. LisaM.
    Dec 4, 2003
    10
    A classic among classics. Montgomery Clift was the Tom Cruise of his era, even better.
  2. NickLaT.
    Dec 7, 2003
    10
    A towering achievement. Achingly powerful. Run dont walk to the nearest theatre.
  3. WillC.
    Jan 17, 2004
    10
    When I saw this movie in 1953, I was disappointed. Today, I regard it as one of the top 5 movies of the 1950s. All five performances are impeccable, but it's Montgomery Clift's Pruitt that stands out as one of the landmark performances ever put on film. Plus, Fred Zinnemann is a master craftsman who directs the powerful story with great care. Bravo to all!
  4. YoonMinC.
    Dec 4, 2003
    9
    It has one of the most memorable scenes in classic American cinema, Lancaster enthralled and in love, masterfully kneeling down before a wet and prostate Deborah Kerr, concentrating his raging passions in his kiss upon Kerr's sensuous lips. Lancaster, intense and statusque, gives the film its spine and center. The rest of the movie has appealing or at least interesting enough It has one of the most memorable scenes in classic American cinema, Lancaster enthralled and in love, masterfully kneeling down before a wet and prostate Deborah Kerr, concentrating his raging passions in his kiss upon Kerr's sensuous lips. Lancaster, intense and statusque, gives the film its spine and center. The rest of the movie has appealing or at least interesting enough characters, and the story is reasonably absorbing, but one feels it could have been much more than a sturdy work of intelligent(and impersonal) craftsmanship. Lancaster is the only actor who truly transcends the strictures of Zinnemann's vision, a man however flawed possessing a real gem of humanity imbedded somewhere beneath the granite exterior. Expand
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  1. 80
    Contemporary audiences may not see why, even in its toned-down simplification of the novel, From Here to Eternity was the most daring movie of 1953, but it remains an acting bonanza.
  2. 100
    From Here to Eternity remains, half a century later, a singular cinematic experience, one of the landmarks of American film.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    So clear-eyed and three-dimensional that it makes the recent ''Pearl Harbor'' look like a bunch of kids playing dress up. Aspects of the film have dated, but in the important things it's more mature than anything proposed lately by modern Hollywood.