A Farewell to Arms (1932) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Farewell to Arms (1932)



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A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together.

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Gary Cooper
as Lt. Frederic Henry
Helen Hayes
as Catherine Barkley
Mary Philips
as Helen Ferguson
Jack LaRue
as The Priest
Mary Forbes
as Miss Van Campen
Tom Ricketts
as Count Greffi
Gilbert Emery
as British Major
Paul Porcasi
as Inn Keeper
Alice Adair
as Cafe Girl
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Critic Reviews for A Farewell to Arms

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

[A] profoundly mature Hemingway adaptation...

August 20, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A fascinatingly awkward first world war epic - dated, yet bracingly modern.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Borzage effaces his leading man completely - what must Hemingway have thought? - the better to conflate passion and passivity, and you're borne right along.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lacks the raw gusto of the book but beautifully played by its two leads.

May 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cooper and Hays bring Borzage's liking for towering, vulnerable men and tiny, tough women to its visual apotheosis (her head barely reaches his armpit when they walk).

July 28, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Gary Cooper has surpassed all theater and screen idols in this movie. [Full review in Spanish]

October 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Farewell to Arms


Very long and very melodramatic! Good actors and a realistic story, but it was too melodramatic for my taste.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Creaky antique with mismatched stars is interesting in how much more openly the couples sexual relationship is portrayed than it would have been just a few years later when the production code had gone into effect. Otherwise it isn't anything to go out of your way to watch.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


it's a '30's HOLLYWOOD movie, not the hemingway book, so first get over your lit pretensions. if you can manage that small grace, then this is a quiet and precious film, surprising because it's not cooper that stars, no, but helen hayes who makes every scene she's in resonant, as if she came equipped with her own personal echo chamber. adolphe menjou makes for an smiling and irritating deus ex machina while the coop does his best, the keanu reeves of his day, to simply remain in the work and give life to hemingway's stoic hero.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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