The Private Life of Henry VIII - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Private Life of Henry VIII Reviews

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Dan Jardine
July 27, 2014
Director Alexander Korda is the chief beneficiary of Laughton's larger-than-life performance, as his conservative helmsmanship fails to provide the film with a distinctly personal stamp
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Emanuel Levy
March 14, 2011
Charles Laughton, who wa sonly 33 but looked older, won the Best Actor Oscar for playing the titular role with such bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
February 24, 2011
The film's most famous bit involves Laughton eating a chicken with a primal gusto that clearly defines King Henry's character as a gluttonous man devouring whatever is put before him.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Fernando F. Croce
November 7, 2009
Korda and his humorists make sure the usual biopic solemnity is not part of this royal court
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
October 23, 2008
... an illusion of grand production values and produced and released... with a mix of high culture and popular showmanship.
Steve Crum
August 14, 2007
Laughton's definitive performance is reason to see this elaborate costume drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 17, 2004
Sometimes stiff but fascinating biopic
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 24, 2003
It ain't history, but it's hugely entertaining.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 3, 2003
Educational and hilarious. The quintessential Laughton role!
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
June 27, 2002
The sensual gusto in the scenes of Henry's indulgences is enthusiastically presented, and Korda deserves credit for giving us a very human portrait of this controversial figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100

May 24, 2003
Top Critic
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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