Tom Jones Reviews

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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 18, 2015
A fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek movie about an engaging foundling.
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2014
While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2014
It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
January 14, 2014
It was always arch, overlong and uncertain of tone, but nevertheless very funny and extraordinarily bawdy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 8, 2008
A classic not just of literary adaptation, but of the last truly adventurous era in British and European filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
June 27, 2008
A lusty historical romp with a cheeky sense of humor and a rollicking energy...
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
If Tom Jones now feels something of a product of its times, it still deserves credit for attempting something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
January 28, 2008
The ragbag of visual tricks turns a great novel into an entertaining but simple-minded romp.
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Rich Gold
Variety
January 28, 2008
It has sex, Eastmancolor, some prime performers and plenty of action.
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Robert Murphy
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 19, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 12, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
May 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 25, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Prepare yourself for what is surely one of the wildest, bawdiest and funniest comedies that a refreshingly agile filmmaker has ever brought to the screen.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 4, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
January 25, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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