Michael's Cinema Paradiso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Afterthoughts: Vastly improving on his lacklustre first outing, Fear and Desire, I actually really enjoyed this film.
Yes, Irene Kane's acting is abysmal, yes the voice-over narration sounds as if Jamie Smith were reading the script for the first time and is only included for the soul purpose of fulfilling one of the genre's conventions, BUT the story is great and the action is inventive and well-choreographed (the climax is genuinely brilliant and almost Hitchcockian). I loved the music too.
It's not on the same level of Paths of Glory a few years later, or even The Killing which followed the next year, but it's an early Kubrick film I'd happily return to, especially for its beautiful runtime of just over an hour.