Under the Volcano Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
As the tortured consul, Albert Finney has moments of technical brilliance, but Huston's direction gives him no inner life.
Moriarty
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
June 23, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
A supremely difficult book becomes an easy film, and struggles hard to find a reason to exist.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 23, 2007
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
November 13, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 23, 2003
Captures and conveys the hot music of what some literary critics have called the greatest religious novel of the twentieth century
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 8, 2007
Succeeds in capturing the novel's sense of doom and gets a tour de force performance from Albert Finney.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 29, 2007
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 | Original Score: B-
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Not for the purists, maybe, but the last half-hour, as Firmin plunges ever deeper into his self-created hell, leaves one shell-shocked.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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