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A faithful and intelligent adaptation of a novel by Sinclair Lewis, this film tells the tale of a prominent American industry captain who takes his family and retires to Europe where they encounter considerable culture shock.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By far the most sensitive, restrained, and effective piece of direction Wyler ever turned in, the film achieves a measure of greatness through the dignity and depth of Huston's superb interpretation of the plainspoken Yankee."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The smoothly flowing film packs an emotional wallop thanks largely to the endearingly sympathetic performance of the straightforward Walter Huston."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"You may wish that caution had been thrown to the wind and it had been turned into a no-holds-barred comedy."
‑ , Film4
"A film of maturity, intelligence, and understanding."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Huston is superb as the plainspoken Midwestern businessman whose blissful world falls apart. The film remains the most emotionally compelling of Wyler's career."
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
"In William Wyler's subtle, beautifully directed marital drama, Walter Huston gives a distinguished performance as an ultra-decent and honest all-American mogul; it's his phony wife, well-played by Ruth Chatterton, who's the Ugly American Abroad."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fine film version of the novel"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film version has done more than justice to Mr. Howard's play, converting a necessarily episodic tale, interrupted by fourteen curtains, into a smooth-flowing narrative of sustained interest, well-defined performance and good talk."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Depressing drama"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Huston's flawless performance as Sam Dodsworth is the film's greatest joy."
‑ Catherine Cantieri, Apollo Guide
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