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Tom Jones (1963)

tomatometer

83

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 5

A frantic, irreverent adaptation of the novel, bolstered by Albert Finney's courageous performance and arresting visuals.

86

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

A frantic, irreverent adaptation of the novel, bolstered by Albert Finney's courageous performance and arresting visuals.

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60

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Tony Richardson's adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel was one of the most critically acclaimed and popular comedies of its time, winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film follows Tom Jones (Albert Finney), a country boy who becomes one of the wildest playboys in 18th century England, developing a ravenous taste for women, food, and rowdy adventures. Over the course of the film, Jones tries to amass his own fortune and win the heart of Sophie (Susannah York). Not only

Unrated,

Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics, Comedy

John Osborne

Oct 30, 1997

Woodfall Film Productions

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (5) | DVD (6)

While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film is a way-out, walleyed, wonderful exercise in cinema. It is also a social satire written in blood with a broadaxe. It is bawdy as the British were bawdy when a wench had to wear five petticoats to barricade her virtue.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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It has sex, Eastmancolor, some prime performers and plenty of action.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Despite the fitful energy and the beauty of the settings, the ugliness of the mise en scene and the crudity of the editing tend to triumph.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Osborne's courageous hatchet job on Fielding's 1,000 page classic novel and Finney's gutsy performance add up to produce an enjoyable piece of irreverent entertainment.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It was always arch, overlong and uncertain of tone, but nevertheless very funny and extraordinarily bawdy.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A classic not just of literary adaptation, but of the last truly adventurous era in British and European filmmaking.

July 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A lusty historical romp with a cheeky sense of humor and a rollicking energy...

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Irreverent comedy.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If Tom Jones now feels something of a product of its times, it still deserves credit for attempting something new.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The ragbag of visual tricks turns a great novel into an entertaining but simple-minded romp.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Albert Finney's performance can't stop Tom Jones from being a grainy mess.

November 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

An enjyable adaptation (by playwright John Osborn) of Henry Fielding's famous novel about the adventures of the amorous illegit son of a servant, splendidly played by the young Albert Finney.

December 19, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A brilliant melding of naturalistic 18th-Century backgrounds with frantic, Keystone Kops-style slapstick and silent film devices like undercranking, titles, wipes, stop-motion photography, etc.

February 4, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the more unusual best picture winners in all the ones that have won, it's shocking and bawdy, even by today's standards, and for that reason it remains a classic.

January 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Very clever precursor to the British Invasion pictures

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It certainly is different from every Best Picture that's come before. I'm just not sure if that's a good thing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Tom Jones

a messy disappointment - maybe cuz the washed out mgm dvd transfer blows
November 25, 2007
brooklynspo

Super Reviewer

The wanderings of the wittiest eighteen century bastard-gentleman. An enormous Albert Finney and an equally great supporting cast give life to Tony Richardon's vivacious, rhythmic and cunning storytelling. Full of charm.
February 26, 2013
pier007

Super Reviewer

Including a famous seduction scene involving the rapturous eating of a meal, the best hunt ever filmed bar none, and a handful of zesty performances of outsized characters, this playful romp is hard to ignore and as much a testament to its time as 2001: A Space Odyssey, however much this testifies to a courser if truer side of human events.
July 19, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

A voracious bastard pursues his love - among others - in a satirical exploration of British class structure and sexual politics.
Henry Fielding is sometimes credited with inventing the modern novel, and his works read like an experiment in a new form; in Joseph Andrews the narrator actually tells the reader to skip the boring parts. And in Tom Jones it is clear that this is a faithful adaptation if only because the spirit of experimentation pervades. It is a romp, full of baudy humor and high-energy ballyhoo. The characters even break the fourth wall a few times. But when I read Fielding, I often feel like I'm looking at a child's creation out of Play-Doh and other people expect me to see Rodin. I felt the same way about this film. Yes, I like the satire - the blood spewing from the horses, whipped too a frenzy by fanatical hunters, and the so-called "ladies of quality" acting more whorish than a Kardashian - but director Tony Richardson crosses the line between mad-cap romp with a purpose and mad-cap romp for romp's sake. The ending is too convenient, the behavior too extreme to be taken seriously, Tom Jones is a film made out of Play-Doh.
Overall, even though its heart is the right place, I think the film strays too far into unreality to have any real effect.
December 1, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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