• Victim
    5 minutes 18 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Victim Reviews

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 12, 2014
Peter Bradshaw

What a gripping film -- melodramatic and self-conscious, yes, but forthright and bold.

Full Review Source: Guardian

February 6, 2013
Andrew Pulver

Impeccably liberal, weirdly restrained and, aside from anything else, a fascinating historical document.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2013

Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

February 6, 2013

TIME Magazine
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[Victim] has a careful performance by Bogarde, and it pursues with eloquence and conviction the case against an antiquated statute.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 6, 2013
Tom Dawson

If it now appears quaintly old-fashioned in its attitudes and assumptions, it still impresses thanks to Dirk Bogarde's performance.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

June 18, 2011
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... a startlingly handsome feature with a theatrical flair and a shadow of a crime thriller running through it.

Full Review Source: Parallax View

February 13, 2011
Variety Staff
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Bogarde is subtle, sensitive and strong. Syms handles a difficult role with delicacy.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 27, 2009
Ben Walters
Time Out
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There are many pleasures to be found in the quirky supporting cast, expressive, noir-style lighting and an effectively suspenseful opening.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006

Empire Magazine

Still convincing as a thriller, if a little quaint now, in its approach to the themes surrounding homosexually.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2005
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 9, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 12, 2004
Christopher Null

Shot in widescreen black and white, Victim is an exceptionally well-produced film with bracing contrast in its dark shadows.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 26, 2003
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

Groundbreaking, yes, but not as important as it should have been.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 71/100

June 23, 2003
Richard Luck

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
David Sanjek

The wealth of detail about gay life at the time and the often adverse public perception of homosexual behavior ensures Victim's lasting fascination as a social document.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

March 28, 2003
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