Young Winston Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is dignified, occasionally exciting, filled with lots of walk-ons so eminent British actors can play eminent British statesmen, and more or less faithful to the facts. But it's nothing more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adrian Turner
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A frightfully Boering biopic chronicling the adventures of 2nd Lt Winston Churchill.
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
March 11, 2015
Since Young Winston attempts to be a kind of vest-pocket spectacle, there are also a couple of the battles in which he fought (a set-to in the Sudan, a Boer skirmish). Attenborough stages them with all the fury of a grade school recess.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Robert Shaw and Anne Bancroft, as Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill, are such interesting actors that they could have wrecked the film had it been better: you wish it were about them, not him.

Film4
May 24, 2003
It's a betrayal of the sharp principles of Oh! What a Lovely War.
Christopher Hudson
The Spectator
March 11, 2015
John Mills, Edward Woodward, Patrick Magee, Robert Hardy, Anthony, Hopkins and a string of well-known names in small parts keep the standard of acting agreeably high.
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 8, 2008
Both a brilliant artistic achievement and a fascinating, highly enjoyable film -- a combination not always obtained.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 25, 2011
Richard (Gandhi) Attenborough made his feature directorial debut with this mildly interesting episodic chronicle of the young Winston Churchill, played by three actors
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 11, 2015
Ward is convincing as Churchill, and the other performances, particularly that of Shaw, are of a high order.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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