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Cool Hand Luke Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A tough, honest film with backbone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 15, 2004
It's as fresh and effective in 2004 as it was in 1967.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
May 2, 2009
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 26, 2015
As this 'Southern' turns up the heat, the sense of sadistic oppression, of being looked down on by 'the man,' swelters and burns. The glowering sun eclipses the convict in its hellfire glow. Newman/Luke's knowing smile, though, burns on.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 6, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 16, 2014
An incredible film...
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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.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
September 23, 2004
A seminal work.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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-
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
March 20, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 14, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 4, 2005
Classic anti-hero story still packs a punch.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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