Hobson's Choice Reviews

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TIME Magazine
May 1, 2013
Hobson's Choice is a cheerful little slice of death, warmed over and served with some lively comic sauces by Producer-Director David Lean and Actor Charles Laughton.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Although Laughton richly overplays every major scene, his performance remains one of the film's highlights.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 14, 2009
David Lean minor classic that has grown in stature over last five decades.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2009
Lean's splendid frames specifically work to show the high and low status of a social grid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 23, 2009
makes everything old seem brilliantly and often hilariously new
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 20, 2009
Though Lean's direction is indeed too heavy and careful to give way to much laughter, he has a secret weapon here: Charles Laughton.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 28, 2008
A pure joy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 3, 2008
Hobson's Choice is a crisply directed comedy of lively and quirky characters in a vivid world of social snobbery and working-class life...

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 6, 2007
Laughton is marvelous in this wry comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Empire Magazine
November 6, 2007
Flavoursome period charmer and a lovely, memorable performance from Mills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
A delightful and rewarding British film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Lean's sharp direction and impeccable performances all round transform a slight comedy into a timeless delight.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2003
So much of what makes Hobson's Choice work, however, is Lean's filmmaking craftsmanship. I do not believe there's a single throwaway shot in the film..
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
A minor classic.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
David Lean directed, with wit and tact.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
July 25, 2009
If your drunken buffoon tolerance is higher than mine, you will probably be more kindly disposed towards the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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