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They Shall Not Grow Old (15)

War, Documentary

Documentary following the experience of British servicemen during WWI.

The critical consensus

As an act of popular history, They Shall Not Grow Old is outstanding.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 16/10/2018

It has been left to Jackson 100 years on to reveal in full digital clarity what the war poets called the pity of war and “the truth untold”.

*****Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 17/10/2018

An emotionally rich documentary that wows both as a technical achievement and an unforgettable portrait of a terrible period of 20th century history.

****(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 07/11/2018

An extraordinary feat but a rather self-defeating exercise all told.

***(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 08/11/2018

Peter Jackson and team’s painstaking restoration of first world war footage is a cinematic triumph that all but brings young British soldiers back to life.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 11/11/2018

Holding back the colour footage until the story reaches the trenches, the Wizard of Oz-like transition is surreal, but the myth-challenging, unsentimental insight it provides into what these men went through is gripping and valuable in the extreme.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 08/11/2018

Features about They Shall Not Grow Old (15)

Peter Jackson: Lord of the Rings director's WW1 movie They Shall Not Grow Old opens.

BBC, 17/10/2018

Is First World War hyper-restoration historical sacrilege?

Jack Shepherd, The Independent, 12/11/2018

'The faces are unbelievable': Peter Jackson on They Shall Not Grow Old

Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian, 10/11/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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