Cool Hand Luke Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 16, 2014
An incredible film...

Total Film
April 23, 2013
It's easy to forget just how fine Cool Hand Luke is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
July 8, 2010
...a gulag melodrama, if such a thing is possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
May 2, 2009
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 23, 2009
Stuart Rosenberg's direction is a horror, but the cast teems with so many familiar faces that this 1967 film can't help but entertain.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 16, 2008
Anchored by Paul Newman's thoroughly magnetic performance...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 9, 2008
Newman remains watchable and glamorous throughout, bloody, muddy or coated in torso-flattering sweat, but the film's efforts to sentimentally "humanize" him by psychological revelation are clumsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
September 5, 2008
The lines and the character have survived the film's oft-forgotten actual message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 4, 2008
Cool Hand Luke now seems more like a well-made entertainment than any kind of American masterpiece.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 26, 2008
...most viewers will have little failure understanding the movie and its motives. They communicate brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
August 22, 2008
One of those movies you remember Great Moments from.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
August 22, 2008
A picture of chilling dramatic power.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 22, 2008
Too cool for words, then switches past midstream into a work of poignancy and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
August 22, 2008
A tough, taut, smart milestone in the evolution of the American anti-hero, and cracking entertainment too.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 21, 2008
Preserves a time when one could not only get away with making an allegory with an existential hero, but stock it with an ensemble from the Actors Studio. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
July 22, 2008
Newman gives an excellent performance, assisted by a terriffic supporting cast, including George Kennedy, outstanding as the unofficial leader of the cons who yields first place to Newman.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 4, 2007
Paul Newman and George Kennedy are at their best at this popular prison drama, which drew on the Depression era film, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. Quote to remember: "What we've got here is a failure to communicate."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 15, 2006
Thematic ambivalence and episodic structure start to feel like major virtues: Cool Hand Luke is one of our most lived-in and pleasurably paced odes to nonconformity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2006
gorgeous looking and terrifically acted
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A caustically witty look at the American South and its still-surviving chain gangs, with Newman in fine sardonic form as the boss-baiter who refuses to submit and becomes a hero to his fellow-prisoners.
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