Twentieth Century Fox | Release Date: March 15, 1940 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
96
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 16 Critics
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15
Mixed:
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One of the great American social films: strong, ribald, deeply compassionate. [30 Sep 2005, p.C6]
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As son Tom Joad, Henry Fonda gave the screen performance of his career. [09 Apr 2004, p.10E]
75
Unlike the book, the movie slides into idealistic Hollywood convenience (the state-run labour camps, for example, are paradise compared to the privately owned versions), but the story is driven by gritty realism and remarkable acting. [31 July 2009, p.R20]
50
This famous film, high on most lists of the greatest films of all time, seems all wrong - phony when it should ring true. Yet, because of the material, it is often moving in spite of the acting, the directing, and the pseudo-Biblical pore-people talk.