Barry Lyndon (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

Barry Lyndon (1975)



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Movie Info

Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, this film tells the complex story of a sensitive, intelligent, and ambitious man trapped in a society which has no use for him. Despite the obstacle of his Irish birth, Raymond Barry manages to become the wealthy but ill-respected Barry Lyndon.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Stanley Kubrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999
Warner Bros.


Ryan O'Neal
as Barry Lyndon/Redmond...
Marisa Berenson
as Lady Honoria Lyndon
Patrick Magee
as Chevalier de Balibar...
Hardy Kruger
as Captain Potzdorf
Steven Berkoff
as Lord Ludd
Leonard Rossiter
as Capt. Quin
Godfrey Quigley
as Capt. Grogan
Diana Koerner
as German Girl
Marie Kean
as Barry's Mother
Frank Middlemass
as Sir Charles Lyndon
Murray Melvin
as Reverend Runt
Leon Vitali
as Lord Bullingdon
Dominic Savage
as Lord Bullingdon as a...
David Morley
as Brian Lyndon
André Morell
as Lord Wendover
John Bindon
as Recruiting Soldier
Roger Booth
as King George III
Billy Boyle
as Seamus Feeny
Jonathan Cecil
as Lt. Jonathan Fakenha...
Peter Cellier
as Sir Richard
Geoffrey Chater
as Dr. Broughton
Anthony Dawes
as British Soldier
Barry Jackson
as British Soldier
Wolf Kahler
as Prince of Tübingen
George Sewell
as Barry's Second
Anthony Sharp
as Lord Hallam
John Sharp
as Doolan
Roy Spencer
as Horse Seller
Harry Towb
as Innkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Barry Lyndon

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (8)

One of cinema's most heartfelt and sustained (it runs over three hours), if cynical, visions of an individual's powerlessness.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Stanley Kubrick's magisterial Thackeray adaptation now stands as one of his greatest and most savagely ironic films, not to mention one of the few period pieces on celluloid so transporting that it seems to predate the invention of cameras.

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

Ryan O'Neal's excellent performance captures the shallow opportunism endemic to the title character who is brought down as much by his own flaws as by the mores of the ordered social structure of 18th-century England.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Top Critic

All of Stanley Kubrick's features look better now than when they were first released, but Barry Lyndon, which fared poorly at the box office in 1975, remains his most underrated. It may also be his greatest.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Barry Lyndon isn't a great success, and it's not a great entertainment, but it's a great example of directorial vision: Kubrick saying he's going to make this material function as an illustration of the way he sees the world.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

One of the most astonishingly beautiful films I have ever seen.

Full Review… | May 29, 2015
The Spectator

Audience Reviews for Barry Lyndon


A fabulous picaresque tale, satirical and tragic, in which we see Kubrick make every splendid shot look like an authentic 18th-century painting while using a cynical, essentially cold approach to recount a long series of barely connected episodes in our anti-hero's ill-fated life.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

My favorite Kubrick film by far. Epic story with fine costumes and sets -- and a soundtrack to die for.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Barry Lyndon is a fantastic epic helmed by Stanley Kubrick that boasts great performances and revolutionary and beautiful direction.

Daniel Lermenator
Daniel Lermenator

Super Reviewer

Barry Lyndon Quotes

Lord Bullingdon: Don't you think he fits my shoes very well Your Ladyship?
– Submitted by Abner H (3 months ago)
Narrator: Barry had resolved never to see Nora again, but such resolutions, though they may be steadfastly held for a whole week, are abandoned in a few moments of despair.
– Submitted by Chad E (4 years ago)
Redmond Barry (Barry Lyndon): "but I am not sorry and shall not apologize, and I'll soon go to Dublin as to Hell."
– Submitted by April W (5 years ago)

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