• R, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Bruce Robinson
    In Theaters:
    Jun 19, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 8, 2000
  • Cineplex-Odeon Films


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Withnail and I Reviews

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Cole Smithey

Perhaps Britain's most beloved cult film, Bruce Robinson's 1986 semi-autobiographical dark comedy is an obsessively observed character study.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

November 12, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

One of the funniest elements of Withnail & I is that it concerns three varieties of drama queen: the flamboyantly dark-minded Withnail; neurotic, ill-equipped Marwood, and the larger-than-life Monty. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 29, 2010
Michael Dequina

Has a particularly rabid following. Maybe one has to be English to really understand why.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A defining rites-of-passage classic film.

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

November 18, 2007
Peter Bradshaw

It's much funnier, and sadder, watched stone-cold sober.

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

September 10, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A hilarious black comedy and already something of a cult favorite.

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

September 10, 2007
Variety Staff
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Set in 1969 England, it portrays the last throes of a friendship mirroring the seedy demise of the hippie period, delivering some comic gems along the way.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 10, 2007
Xan Brooks

It is at once a coming-of-age comedy and a fond farewell to an era.

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

September 8, 2007
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

A modern classic? A brilliant vignette of a certain time and attitudes? A self-indulgent jeu d'esprit? One thing is certain: Richard E. Grant touched greatness.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

September 7, 2007

The best British comedy ever made? Possibly. A masterpiece? Unquestionably.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

September 7, 2007
Neil Smith
Total Film

Has any screenplay combined so many quotable lines with such tear-jerking pathos or blatant homophobia?

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

September 7, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's hilarious in a kind of off-beat, sideways sort of manner.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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A biting script from writer-director Bruce Robinson and performances from Richard E Grant and Paul McGann as two 'resting' actors, Withnail and 'I', that neither has surpassed.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/6

January 26, 2006
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Arch, smug, exquisitely British, and truly hilarious.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 11, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Wonderfully funny, bitterly sad film.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 11, 2002
Nev Pierce

Grant - a teetotaller - delivers the performance of his life as the doomed thesp, whether it be demanding the "finest wines available to humanity", downing lighter fluid, or feeling like a pig shat in his head.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 5/5

November 3, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a wonderfully written bit, more literary than cinematic, and the movie chugs forward on the sheer strength of its dialogue and performers

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 1, 2001
Christopher Null

Best known for launching the underexposed Grant's career. And for being severely overrated.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000


Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 5/5

August 23, 2010

Empire Magazine

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

September 11, 2007
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