Tom Jones (1963)



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

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Tom (Albert Finney) is the rollicking playboy who has grown up in the house of Squire Allworthy (George Devine) after being born under the hushed whispers of illegitimate circumstances. He has eyes for the girl next door, but Sophie (Susannah York) is promised to another. When she rejects the older, unscrupulous groom, Tom is accused of a crime he didn't commit after Sophie publicly declares her love for him. Tom runs off to London where he is housed by Mrs. Waters (Joyce Redmon), who may or may … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Osborne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 1997
Woodfall Film Productions

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as Tom Jones

as Sophie Western

as Squire Western

as Miss Western

as Lady Bellaston

as Molly Seagrim

as Squire Allworthy

as Lord Fellamar

as Mrs. Waters

as Fitzpatrick

as Black George

as Mrs. Miller

as Mrs. Wilkins

as Thwackum

as Mr. Seagrim

as Bridget Allworthy

as Black George

as Mrs. Fitzpatrick

as Partridge

as Blifil

as Lawyer Dowling

as Lieutenant

as Landlady at George I...

as MacLachlan

as the Jailor at Newgat...

as Mrs. Seagrim

as Parson Supple

as Northerton
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Critic Reviews for Tom Jones

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

A fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek movie about an engaging foundling.

Full Review… | February 18, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It has sex, Eastmancolor, some prime performers and plenty of action.

Full Review… | January 28, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Tom Jones


a messy disappointment - maybe cuz the washed out mgm dvd transfer blows

Bob Stinson

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.

Pierluigi Puccini

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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