Roger Ebert Unofficial has written 53 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    Heil, heil, the drang's all here!

    In 1938, the world's most famous movie star began to prepare a film about the monster of the 20th century. Charlie Chaplin looked a little like Adolf Hitler, in part because Hitler had chosen the same…

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    John Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" is a left-wing parable, directed by a right-wing American director, about how a sharecropper's son, a barroom brawler, is converted into a union organizer. The message is boldly displayed, but told with characters of such sympathy…

  • The Bank Dick

    The Bank Dick

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    You mustn't make fun of the gentleman, Clifford. You'd like to have a nose like that full of nickels, wouldn't you?

    -- Mother to son about Egbert Sousé

    W. C. Fields is the most improbable star in the first century of the…

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    As a child I simply did not notice whether a movie was in color or not. The movies themselves were such an overwhelming mystery that if they wanted to be in black and white, that was their business. It was not until…

  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0

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    John Ford. John Wayne. History.

    "Stagecoach" is a film in which two great careers were renewed. Although he had appeared before in many films, as an extra, a stuntman and then an actor in B films, this was John Wayne's first starring role in…

  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    I've seen Jean Renoir's "The Rules of the Game" in a campus film society, at a repertory theater and on laserdisc, and I've even taught it in a film class -- but now I realize I've never really seen it at all.…

  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    "Gone With the Wind” presents a sentimental view of the Civil War, in which the “Old South” takes the place of Camelot and the war was fought not so much to defeat the Confederacy and free the slaves as to give Miss…

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0

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    "The Adventures of Robin Hood" was made with sublime innocence and breathtaking artistry, at a time when its simple values rang true. In these cynical days when swashbucklers cannot be presented without an ironic subtext, this great 1938 film exists in an eternal summer…

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    If Walt Disney's “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” had been primarily about Snow White, it might have been forgotten soon after its 1937 premiere, and treasured today only for historical reasons, as the first full-length animated feature in color. Snow White…

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    Make Way for Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    A Depression-era story of old age, tough and level in its gaze

    When I was still living in Urbana, I would often take my mother for a drive. If our way took us past the Champaign County Nursing Home, she'd invariably say, "There's…

  • Grand Illusion

    Grand Illusion

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    Apart from its other achievements, Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion” influenced two famous later movie sequences. The digging of the escape tunnel in "The Great Escape" and the singing of the "Marseilles” to enrage the Germans in "Casablanca" can first be observed in…

  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★★★

    rating: 4.0 / 4.0

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    Of all of the places the movies have created, one of the most magical and enduring is the universe of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. To a series of movies made between 1933 and 1939, they brought such grace and humor that…