• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Huston
    In Theaters:
    Jun 13, 1984 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 23, 2007
  • Criterion Collection

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Under the Volcano Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Succeeds in capturing the novel's sense of doom and gets a tour de force performance from Albert Finney.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 8, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

John Huston's version of Malcolm Lowry's dense, poetic unfilmable book is ambitious but only semi-effective in conveying this cult novel's tone; it's ultimately saved by the towering performance of Albert Finney as the alcoholic self-destructive consul

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

October 29, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The result is very much worth the wait, bringing to life the mysticism of Mexico with a superb script by Guy Gallo, exquisite photography, and the unparalleled performance by Finney.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2007
Variety Staff
Variety
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Although this voyage into self-destruction won't be to the taste of many, there will be few unmoved by Finney's towering performance as the tragic Britisher.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 23, 2007

Time Out
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Not for the purists, maybe, but the last half-hour, as Firmin plunges ever deeper into his self-created hell, leaves one shell-shocked.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie belongs to Finney, but mention must be made of Jacqueline Bisset as his wife and Anthony Andrews as his half-brother.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Captures and conveys the hot music of what some literary critics have called the greatest religious novel of the twentieth century

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 23, 2003

Film4

A supremely difficult book becomes an easy film, and struggles hard to find a reason to exist.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Daring as it is to have brought Under the Volcano to the screen in this faithful but incomplete form, Mr. Huston has done so without making compromises in the process.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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As the tortured consul, Albert Finney has moments of technical brilliance, but Huston's direction gives him no inner life.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

March 8, 2008
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 2/5

October 8, 2005
Moriarty
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews

| Original Score: 2/5

June 23, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2004
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

| Original Score: 4/5

November 13, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
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