Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France Reviews

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Manny Farber
The New Republic
August 31, 2012
While definitely athletic, pageant-minded and somewhat recognizable after all of the war dramas that have come out since Elizabethan times, no movie has given a more poignant impression of men in battle or been so cutting about the waste and folly of war.
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James Agee
TIME Magazine
August 29, 2012
The movies have produced one of their rare great works of art.
Emanuel Levy
March 24, 2009
Experimental in its approach to adapating Shakespeare to the big screen, Laurence Olivier's film is an innovative, stunningly looking, well-acted work.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 9, 2008
One can pick plenty of bones with Laurence Olivier's direction of the Shakespeare play, but this 1945 film is still a powerful production from many standpoints.
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Variety Staff
July 9, 2008
The color, the sets, the expanse and the imaginative quality of the filming are unexcelled.
Steve Crum
March 2, 2008
Great Olivier performance and direction.
| Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 10, 2007
Olivier's terrific performance and William Walton's sweeping score render it one of the best Shakespeare films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 10, 2007
A bold, clear reading of Shakespeare's play and an exhilarating piece of wartime propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
August 10, 2007
The dashing Olivier gives an exceptional performance, whether galvanizing his troops with his soaring oratory, or realizing on the eve of combat the king's profound isolation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 10, 2007
A towering performance from Olivier cements this as a true example of flag-waving cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 1, 2006
The first completely serious attempt to bring Shakespeare to the sound film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
If it has power now, it's for Larry's commanding soldier-king and for his audacious sub-Brechtian adapatation, which scythes the text to reveal the heart - notably in the extraordinary, moving, pre-battle 'A little touch of Harry' exposing cold fear's co
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
August 13, 2003
A stunningly brilliant and intriguing screen spectacle, rich in theatrical invention, in heroic imagery and also gracefully regardful of the conventions of the Elizabethan stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Richard Luck
May 24, 2003
Shakespeare's finest hour on the big screen to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 14, 2003
A colorful, spectacular adaptation, made to inspire the WWII troops, which it does. Olivier at the top of his art.
| Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2002
That the film should get made at all was an extraordinary achievement, but Olivier, in his directing debut, also gave us the first large-scale radical movie re-interpretation of Shakespeare long before others.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Judy Stone
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Henry V was Olivier's first Shakespearean film, and he directed it with brilliant imagination and elegance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Olivier not only took on the title role but the director's mantle, performing both roles magnificently.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
November 20, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 28, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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