Mar 2, 2019
There's a lot to debate here, and a lot to admire.Full Review
Feb 21, 2019
"They Shall Not Grow Old" is a nearly great talking-head documentary in which the talking heads are never seen, only heard.Full Review
Feb 1, 2019
It's a true act of revival.Full Review
Jan 31, 2019
For the first time, those jittery, frenetic figures in ancient newsreels look and move like people you know.Full Review
Jan 30, 2019
"They Shall Not Grow Old" shows that actually seeing something is different from knowing it intellectually, or even from imagining it. The effect of this is moving and profound.Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Jan 30, 2019
Peter Jackson has taken a mass of World War I archival clips from Britain's Imperial War Museum and fashioned it into a brisk, absorbing and moving experience.Full Review
New York Times
Jul 11, 2019
This film is an indelible tribute to the soldiers who, as they put it, had a job of work to do, and did it.Full Review
Jul 8, 2019
While difficult to watch, They Shall Not Grow Old is a loving tribute to a grandfather from his grandson and to a generation of young men who fought bravely and survived.Full Review
Jul 2, 2019
They Shall Not Grow Old is probably the finest thing Peter Jackson has had his hand in since Heavenly Creatures.Full Review
Jun 20, 2019
The effect is to take something as enormous and incomprehensible in scope as a world war and make it shockingly intimate.Full Review
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Interesting, but slow in parts
I thought it was really well done. It was interesting to hear what it was like to actually be a part of front line in WWI. The descriptions and images were often pretty brutal but it was obvious that the focus wasn’t only on that but was broader. I recommend it to anyone who can stomach it.
Es una visión en primera persona, puesta a todo color sobre la guerra que cambió el mundo.
I like this new approach to documentary films. I give them lots of credit, but 100% on tomatometer is exaggerated. A great educational historical and anti-war film.
Very interesting. It was just really cool to see old footage in colour. And getting to know more about WW1 at the same time? That's just awesome.
Astounding! Technically brilliant, and still shows dignity and respect. So emotionally charged!
Amazing way to experience and understand WWI.
"They Shall Not Grow Old" – most of the men we see in the film in fact did not – is an anti-war film, "celebrating" the end of what was then called The Great War. The final result, Director Peter Jackson has said, "is that we see the war the way they saw it." Of course, Jackson has chosen the arc of his film – from joy to ennui to disillusionment at best, death at worst. And he has chosen the voices we hear. We see combat the way the director wants us to see it. The film is a technological wonder. Jackson slowed down the 100 hours of silient, jerky film he got from the Imperial War Museum to life-like speeds. He employed lip-readers to determine what the soldiers were saying and supplied those voices. Then he added voice-overs from interviews with more than 120 surviving war veterans whose recollections were recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. His film, though arguably one-sided and focusing on trench warfare, is a tender paean to the men who sacrificed their lives, limbs—and sometimes, faces—for what others thought was the greater good. When you are faced with death, a veteran says, "They say your past comes up in front of your eyes. I was only 19. I hadn't had any past."
Spectacular visuals and great storytelling. You can’t ask for much better.