Cold Comfort Farm Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 18, 2014
[A] mischievous send-up of D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and assorted other high-toned practitioners of grimly serious rural romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 30, 2008
Sweet, sprightly made-for-British-TV comedy.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Malcolm Bradbury's script and John Schlesinger's direction ... between them coarsen, soften and simply lose much of Gibbons' extraordinarily sophisticated, wonderfully funny humour ...
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Emanuel Levy
June 2, 2006
Schelsinger's masterfully directed eccentric satire is based on Stella Gibbons' 1933 book which spoofs the serious, soul-searching, rural-set stories of writers like D.H. Lawrence and Mary Webb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Good, but somehow not great version of the classic British novel.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Skewers the dark romantic novels of rural England and shows how a control freak can find happiness.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
The film is full of wonderful eccentrics and funny performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
What could be more welcome than a classic English comedy, bristling with wit and hilarity and crammed with wonderful eccentrics?
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed "Cold Comfort Farm" when I watched it, but the minute I left the theater I remembered nothing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Dickens meets the Beverly Hillbillies.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
While the premise sounds more like a Charles Dickens tragedy than a comedy, it becomes a delight in such capable hands.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Thanks to Schlesinger's exacting direction and Malcolm Bradbury's witty, restrained script, these characters are kept more amusing than horribly pitiable.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
"Cold Comfort Farm" may be hysterically funny to regular readers of Hardy, Lawrence, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, but it won't ring many bells for the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
Falls flat on its bum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Mr. Schlesinger draws lively performances out of his cast and surprising variety out of the film's secondary sights, which range from a gala soiree to a heap of steaming dung.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
May 2, 2009
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
November 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 11, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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