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  • "
    Film of the Week
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    Sight and Sound Magazine

  • "
    Ken Loach's nostalgic homage to the birth of the welfare state and Beveridge spirit is salutary for our age of austerity
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    The Guardian 4/5

  • "
    As honest as it is refreshingly hopeful
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    The Hollywood News 5/5

  • "
    A salutary reminder of exactly what Ken Loach is for
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    The Telegraph 4/5

  • "
    Powerful, rousing and saddening
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    Time Out 4/5

  • "
    Magnificently done
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    The Evening Standard 4/5

  • "
    His evocative calibrating of the footage makes one wish there was more to come
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    The Arts Desk 4/5

  • "
    Director Ken Loach’s timely and gloriously partisan documentary harkens back to a key moment in British politics
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    The Metro 4/5

  • "
    Both compelling and meaningful
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    CineVue 4/5

  • "
    Passionate and deeply personal but done with Loach's usual humane intelligence as well as a patient elegance of style. It made me cry.
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    The Observer

  • "
    Moving and compulsive, the euphoria of 1945 needs to be revisited and remembered
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    Screen International

  • "
    Films are rarely this committed or, indeed, persuasive
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    The Guardian

  • "
    The archive footage is carefully chosen and often quite wonderful
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    Indiewire

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An impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society

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