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Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood (1973)


Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,012



Movie Info

This film is a faithful rendition of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' last major poem, Under Milk Wood. It affectionately examines the day-to-day life of the inhabitants of a small Welsh fishing village. The poem is narrated by Richard Burton, himself a Welshman and a great aficionado of Thomas' work. The narrative framework comes through the character of Captain Cat (Peter O'Toole), a retired seaman who, though blind, knows the village and its inhabitants so well, it is as if he could see. The colorful … More

Drama , Art House & International , Classics , Comedy , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Dylan Thomas
In Theaters:
Aug 9, 2005
Hart Sharp Video


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Critic Reviews for Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (4)

The images that Director Andrew Sinclair has added to his film adaptation do not complement Thomas' language; they detract from it.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Writer-director Andrew Sinclair has a wonderful feel for his material, and a happy hand in matching it to its setting.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Top Critic

Too many words, I'm convinced, for the screen. It's not simply the quantity of words, though. It's also their ornateness. They overflow the ears and get into the eyes.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Fairly creaky.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Intended solely for the fans of Thomas and for those of intelligent character studies.

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Unwise physical materialisation of a play for voices.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011

All things considered, this is a fairly good adaptation of an impossible play to adapt.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film, faithful to the poem, offers an endearing, often humorous, examination of Welsh life.

Full Review… | April 16, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A loving adaptation and...a fine introduction to Thomas's poetry

Full Review… | November 7, 2005

Marvelous adaptation of the Dylan Thomas radio play. Strongly recommended.

Full Review… | July 14, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

It is an ensemble piece for the most part, so don't expect an abundance of screen time from the three leads.
As much as I hate to say it (with a cast like this) this one's not really about the acting...It's more about the writing of Dylan Thomas and the quirky beauty of the Welsh seaside, brought to life here with his words and some wonderful imagery.
Not suitable for everyone's tastes I'll admit, but if you enjoy clever writing (and can understand sometimes thick Welsh accents) you are in for a treat.

Robert C

Super Reviewer


Beautiful settings and a game cast are about the only things this has going for it. The kind of film that killed Liz and Dick's careers in the late 60's-early 70's.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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