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The Entertainer Reviews

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August 15, 2013
One of the great performances of the decade.
December 7, 2012
Fine performances, a study of a life and dysfunctional family in decline at a particular and crucial time in history when the old proud Britain was also facing decline as well. Palpably depressing in the end. Plowright portrays Olivier's daughter but actually married him after the film, eerily parallel in age to the affair Archie has in the story.
June 11, 2012
Amazing performance by Laurence Olivier. Hard story. Great movie.
PoofyPuff1000
February 6, 2012
Olivier is fantastic.
February 5, 2012
olivier is the rocket fuel that makes this one go
Josh M

Super Reviewer

December 10, 2011
The Entertainer is slice of history, and is an ably presented filming of the John Osborne play. Though the story's political allegory is now old and faded itself - Archie Rice/Lawerence Olivier's pathetic floundering music hall and career, which stands in for a fading, bankrupt post-WWII Britain ,what remains is still worth seeing.

This is a kitchen sink family drama with terrific seedy English seaside and sleazy theater atmosphere. Tony Richardson's early career showed great promise, and this film is a beautiful example of his talents. It contains Sir Larry's most heartfelt and naturalistic peformance on film and it's too bad that he didn't have more of these type of interior, heartfelt performances on film, the grandiose Shakespearan dramas aside.

The cast includes a who's who of future British film stars,as Archie's three grown kids - Alan Bates, Albert FInney and Joan Plowright, all in their first film appearances. Robert Livsey and Brenda de Banzie as Archie's elegant music hall dad and his second wife, an alcoholic, are also wonderful.

For a Canadian, it's amusing that the panacea for the family's problems is to make a new life in Toronto, something that Archie resists till the end of the film after a whole load of tragedy has beaten him down.

Without the contemporary relevance of 1960, this is just a very good family drama with a top notch British cast, but no world shaking groundbreaker. The DVD transfer is crisp and looks fantastic.
flixsterman
flixsterman

Super Reviewer

January 22, 2009
If you only know Olivier from dignified Shakespearian performances prepare yourself for an epiphany of colossal proportion.
CineMonkey
April 16, 2010
Laurence Olivier is the main highlight of this so-so drama. He did quite good.
339z
January 16, 2010
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that alan bates, albert finney, brenda de banzie, laurence olivier, joan plowright, daniel massey, miriam karlin, roger livesey, shriley ann field play good roles/parts throguhout this movie.....i think that the director of this classics/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect thorughout this movie.....i think that this is a really powerful drama movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie n its a brilliant powerful drama movie 2 watch
IcyRoses
August 24, 2009
Olivier is very good.
mizfitz65
May 9, 2008
This as a great portrait of a selfish and egotistical performer.
Bob S

Super Reviewer

April 4, 2007
Wow, tough audience @ the Flixster. Give the poor guy a break.
jmillerdp
March 18, 2007
Stark, unsentimental portrait of a never-was song-and-dance man. Olivier does a superb job, giving a gutsy portrayal of a performer whose borrowed time is running out.
vader_of_vjun
October 9, 2005
Can Olivier do any thing wrong...well, Danny Kaye perhaps, but he makes this simple little film his own, with his magnificent performance as failed comedian, Archie Rice.

Olivier playes a different role than that of his usual performance, but he is no less entertaining.

Be patient with it, and you may well be entertained.
jazza923
September 26, 2005
LAURENCE OLIVIER'S OUTSTANDING OSCAR NOMINATED PERFORMANCE MAKES THE FILM. IT'S A BIT GLOOMY AND TALKY, BUT STILL AN EXCELLENT FILM. AMAZING CAST, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG STARS WHO LATER BECAME FAMOUS. WELL WORTH SEEING, ESPECIALLY TO SEE THE GREAT OLIVIER.
filmistruth
March 30, 2005
**.5/****

Pro: Olivier. Plowright, Bates, and Finney in first time roles. The cinematography. Direction. The bleak and depressing story.

Con: Tough to watch for two hours. Sound quality. Dialogue had spotty moments.
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