• Henry V
    2 minutes 57 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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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
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 31, 2012
James Agee
TIME Magazine
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The movies have produced one of their rare great works of art.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 29, 2012
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

March 24, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 9, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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The color, the sets, the expanse and the imaginative quality of the filming are unexcelled.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 9, 2008
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Great Olivier performance and direction.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 2, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 5/5

November 20, 2007
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Olivier's terrific performance and William Walton's sweeping score render it one of the best Shakespeare films ever made.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

August 10, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

A bold, clear reading of Shakespeare's play and an exhilarating piece of wartime propaganda.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

August 10, 2007

Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 10, 2007
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A towering performance from Olivier cements this as a true example of flag-waving cinema.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

August 10, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The first completely serious attempt to bring Shakespeare to the sound film.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2006
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

February 9, 2006
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2005
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2003
Richard Luck
Film4

Shakespeare's finest hour on the big screen to date.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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 14, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 5/5

January 30, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

September 3, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2002
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