"A monumental humanist work. Its story is so perfectly (and economically) told, its characters are so rich, human and civilized, and its dialogue so intelligent and revealing that the film wraps a spell around you that's hard to describe but impossible to forget."
- William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Grand Illusion is one of the greatest movies ever made and a must-see! Renoir, the grand humanist filmmaker, spoke for all that's best about people at a time when people were in danger of becoming their worst."
- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A moving and inspiring story of soldiers stuck in a POW camp, with stunning direction from Renoir, and a magnificent account of French prisoners in German hands during World War I that seems now even more soaringly elegiac."
- Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic