Victim Reviews

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
March 13, 2015
[Victim] is a snapshot of social history that has dated in the past 40 years. But it is well worth watching for Dirk Bogarde's superb performance.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
August 12, 2014
Though a tad dated and tame by today's standards, this 1961 drama was not only ground-breaking in its depiction of homosexuality, but it also marked the occasion when Dirk Bogarde broke free from his popular matinée idol image.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 6, 2013
What a gripping film -- melodramatic and self-conscious, yes, but forthright and bold.
Andrew Pulver
February 6, 2013
Impeccably liberal, weirdly restrained and, aside from anything else, a fascinating historical document.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Looker
Total Film
February 6, 2013
The intensity of Bogarde's performance, not least where he confesses to wife Sylvia Syms his homosexual desires, transcends the film's well-intentioned cautiousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 6, 2013
Immensely significant in its plea for tolerance for gay men (interestingly, lesbianism is not discussed here), Victim works hard arguing that gays are part of the typical, healthy fabric of society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
February 6, 2013
[Victim] has a careful performance by Bogarde, and it pursues with eloquence and conviction the case against an antiquated statute.
Tom Dawson
February 6, 2013
If it now appears quaintly old-fashioned in its attitudes and assumptions, it still impresses thanks to Dirk Bogarde's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 18, 2011
Moralistic thriller with a sincere plea for Great Britain to end its oppressive law that makes it a criminal offense to be a homosexual.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
February 13, 2011
... a startlingly handsome feature with a theatrical flair and a shadow of a crime thriller running through it.
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Variety Staff
February 27, 2009
Bogarde is subtle, sensitive and strong. Syms handles a difficult role with delicacy.
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
May 6, 2006
The performances, on the other hand, have a definite passion. Dirk Bogarde suggests the anguish of the "uncommitted" homosexual with sincerity and restraint -- this is his best work in years.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
January 26, 2006
There are many pleasures to be found in the quirky supporting cast, expressive, noir-style lighting and an effectively suspenseful opening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
July 29, 2005
Still convincing as a thriller, if a little quaint now, in its approach to the themes surrounding homosexually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The very fact that homosexuality as a condition is presented honestly and unsensationally, with due regard for the dilemma and the pathos, makes this an extraordinary film.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 12, 2004
Recent critics find Victim timid in its treatment of homosexuality, but viewed in the context of Great Britain in 1961, it's a film of courage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
June 26, 2003
Shot in widescreen black and white, Victim is an exceptionally well-produced film with bracing contrast in its dark shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
June 23, 2003
Groundbreaking, yes, but not as important as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Richard Luck
May 24, 2003
One can only hope this re-release awakens people to the true power of Basil Dearden's film and the extraordinary bravery of Dirk Bogarde's performance.
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