The Front
The Front (1976)

Martin Ritt's The Front is a black-comedy about the McCarthy hearings of the '50s and the subsequent Hollywood blacklisting. Woody Allen plays a bookmaker who become "a front" for a group of blacklisted Hollywood… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 17, 1976
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

An empty monument to the senility of American liberalism.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Bernstein smartly suggests how capitalism actually benefited from the oppression of suspected communists.

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Michael Mascioli
Philadelphia Gay News

The Front lacks a good script and seems to have trouble convincing us whether or not all this really happened.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It recreates the awful noise of ignorance that can still be heard.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ritt's direction is all sweaty close-ups and mismatched shots.

Donald McLean
Bay Area Reporter

Funny as only Allen can be, the script by Walter Bernstein and the direction by Martin Ritt delve far deeper and give us a penetrating look via black comedy at a time of mass hysteria.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The tragedy implied by this character tells us what we need to know about the blacklist's effect on people's lives; the rest of the movie adds almost nothing else.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an effective (and affecting) endeavor.

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Ruth Batchelor
Los Angeles Free Press

It's human and more terrifying than any horror film because it could happen again.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Morris
The Front is a worthwhile but flat film that combines a Woody Allen comic persona with an earnest desire to educate modern audiences (this was 76, it really… More
Daniel Dolgin
The Front stars Woody Allen (not written or directed by) as a front for blacklisted writers. I didn't find much funny with this movie, and often the story… More
Michael Gildea
Not that great but the last line makes the movie well worth seeing.
Jeffrey Meyers
An effective dramedy that works as an indictment of McCarthyism and the use of blacklisting during the Red Scare. I wish the film had opted to focus more on the… More