To see Gone With the Wind on a big screen again is to weep for the fearlessness with which Hollywood once believed the sublime was possible.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
'It' has arrived at last, and we cannot get over the shock of not being disappointed; we had almost been looking forward to that.
Frank S. Nugent - New York Times
It's impossible not to be carried away by the rich arterial force of this storytelling.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
If you loved 'Scarlett,' you'll love its prequel!
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A critic-proof movie if there ever was one: it isn't all that good, but somehow it's great.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
One of the truly great films, destined for record-breaking boxoffice business everywhere.
John C. Flinn Sr. - Variety
But once the story kicks in and Leigh and Gable slip into their characters, it's difficult not to be caught up in what is still one of the most vivid depictions of civil war (and its destructive aftermath) ever committed to film.
John Hartl - Film.com
They just don't make 'em like that anymore.
Sean Means - Film.com
Everything old is new again with this re-release of Gone With the Wind, and it reminds us that the Golden Age of Hollywood was a beautiful time.
Tom Keogh - Film.com
Even though the habits of movie- goers have changed over the years, it's easy to see why this film provoked such an outpouring of praise and adulation during its initial release, and why its stature has grown with the passage of decades.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The film that perhaps defines Hollywood.
Douglas Pratt - Hollywood Reporter
The cinema event for which the U. S. has palpitated for three years.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
Gone With the Wind endures and deepens with the passing of time because Scarlett and Rhett are as modern as its open ending.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Brimming with colour and passion, it pulls its emotional kick from tremendous performances, not least from Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable as the love-hate lovers.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film
The cast, in the main scenes as in the episodes, is excellent.
Franz Hoellering - The Nation
[VIDEO ESSAY] ...a closer reading finds a cutting commentary on the South's hypocritical, opportunistic, and racist attitudes that continue to infect American culture.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The golden standard for classic Hollywood bombast, this one.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
If ever the phrase, "They don't make 'em like they used to" could fit a film, this is it.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The epic film that to this day stands as the benchmark against which all other epics are judged.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Gone with the Wind is still dated, but it's a dynamite kind of antiquity.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Coordinating six filming units at once and presiding over 50-hour editing sessions, [Selznick] subsisted on a regular diet of thyroid extract, Benzedrine, and B-12 shots.
Rob Nelson - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Grand old Hollywood at its most magnificent and melodramatic. Say what you like about the soapy characterisation and plotting, the spectacle flattens all in its wake.
Dean Essner - Film4
A lost Hollywood art: the epic melodrama.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Terrificly acted, staged and designed, Gone WIth the Wind remains one of the greatest period epics ever filmed.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Despite the star power of Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, Wind has lost some of its bluster, yet it survives as a glorious Technicolored window into America's dusty, bygone past.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
What more can one say about this much-loved, much discussed blockbuster?
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Forget it, no Civil War film has made a nickel, producer Irving Thalberg told Louis B. Mayer about a melodrama that would break records and become a unique cultural phenom
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Well, even if it is essentially four hours about a selfish, silly cow, it's impeccably well made, and should be seen by anyone with even a passing interest in romance or movies.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
It's so full of iconic moments of plotting and dialog that a feature film could be edited just out of the most quotable moments.
Gil Jawetz - DVDTalk.com
...producer David O. Selznick's crowning achievement and a film that stands up as one of the screen's finest classics.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
One of the classic films that defined American cinema, Gone With the Wind is a rare example of a collaboration involving hundreds of talents and egos that turned out great.
David Bezanson - Filmcritic.com
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Possibly the best loved movie spectacle ever.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Never, never bores me. Glabe is fabulous!
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara remain the greatest pairing of irresistible force and immovable object in Hollywood romance.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Brandon Judell - PopcornQ
Joshua Tanzer - Offoffoff
As God is my witness ... it's back.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Treat yourself to one of the greatest cinematic experiences ever created.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The brilliant epitome of corporate filmmaking.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Often, older movies are a bit naive and unthreatening, but this movie is surprisingly fierce and somber.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Mind-boggling for the first time in a theater. Too bad that many, like me, see it first on TV.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
The film is a monumental job in every department.
Dean Essner - Boxoffice Magazine
It could be -- and should be -- viewed from a dozen different perspectives, but it is, above all, a story about adapting to the most challenging circumstances possible.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Clear an evening and indulge yourself in one of the few films that can justifiably be called an epic.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
The best remembered and most publicized film in Hollywood's flamboyant history, the biggest of David O. Selznick's grand obsessions, and quite probably the most beloved movie of all time.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The movie plays its role in movie history, becoming one of the great box-office performers in the pre-Steven Spielberg and George Lucas days.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
The first new Technicolor print in 37 years, digital sound and moments of digitally cleaned-up footage scattered throughout its three hours and 42 minutes all make for a gorgeous sight-and-sound experience.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
The most beloved, enduring and popular film of all time is Gone With The Wind (1939) - its script by Sidney Howard was derived from Margaret Mitchell's
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
It is a bore.
Arthur Schlesinger - Atlantic
All of the drama of GWTW is successfully combined with dazzling production values.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Arthur Schlesinger - The Atlantic
Victor Fleming's 60-year-old movie looks like it was shot this year.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The artistic aspects of the film's production are as stunning as its acting.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Undoubtedly still the best and most durable piece of popular entertainment to have come off the Hollywood assembly lines.
Judith Crist - Atlantic
It's the kind of movie that simply turns a movie reviewer's brain off. You get swept up in the majesty, the grandeur, the history, and the emotion.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Judith Crist - The Atlantic
The passionate saga of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, played out against the flaming red backdrop of the Civil War, generates enough romance, historic drama and deep emotion to fuel a dozen great films.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Let us say simply that there is something in most of us that will always treasure Selznick's flair for old-fashioned, full-bodied narrative even as we pay lip service to the most anemic forms of cerebration in the modern cinema.
Andrew Sarris - Atlantic
Andrew Sarris - The Atlantic
On the whole, I thought the picture was OK.
Richard Schickel - Atlantic
Richard Schickel - The Atlantic
At the film's center, of course, is Leigh's strikingly sympathetic portrayal as Scarlett O'Hara, the irascible, manipulative bitch.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Everything about it is big.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A seductive mish-mash of epic spectacle, social commentary and pure, character-driven enjoyment.
Gemma Files - eye WEEKLY
It's that rare film that has overshadowed its own hype.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Gone With The Wind is among my favorite movies of all time, and it would be useless to go on and on about how great I think it is.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Superb acting talent was followed by superb production values.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
One of the epic classics that defined American cinema.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
It's a classic because it's not dated at all; it has effortlessly stood the test of time.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Yes, frankly, you should give a damn. The performances are legendary, the story is satisfying and the dialogue is still great.
Dean Essner - E! Online
This movie is pure soap opera. But what a soap opera!
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs