Darling Reviews

February 27, 2020
Excruciatingly embarrassing at the time, it now looks grotesquely pretentious and pathetically out of touch with the realities of the life-styles that it purports to represent.
February 27, 2020
[Schlesinger] has made a film that will set tongues to wagging and moralists to wringing their hands.
October 1, 2019
I hope that Darling, Schlesinger, will finally establish him where he belongs -- in the very first rank of the younger directors.
August 13, 2019
An interesting failure: all the parts work, but somehow they don't make a whole.
July 16, 2019
...it's a quality Darling catches perfectly. "The research period was enormously entertaining," he says, and so is the movie.
February 16, 2016
John Schlesinger has shot the film in a series of compelling slabs, significant instalments in a success story on which the heroine herself makes intermittent comments.
July 20, 2014
...a time-capsule curiosity that thoroughly squanders a fine performance from its talented star.
August 17, 2009
A rather constipated and badly dated Brit New Wave social satire film.
February 2, 2009
John Schlesinger's Darling is a film of excessive and self-defeating brilliance.
May 25, 2007
Julie Christie is must-see in Oscar winning performance.
January 2, 2007
A transitional work between the British "Kitchen Sink" realism and the more stylized works of siwnging London, Schlesinger's film has not aged particularly well, but Julie Christie is beautiful and captivating as the immoral and amoral heroine.
January 26, 2006
Darling is as empty of meaning and mind as the empty life it's exposing.
November 11, 2005
Christie's Oscar-winning portrayal hasn't aged a bit, even if the movie's swinging '60s milieu has.
February 15, 2004
January 27, 2004
May 20, 2003
Julie Christie thoroughly merited her Oscar as the immoral but vivacious starlet hellbent on fame and Dirk Bogarde as her TV journalist lover is equally splendid.
February 28, 2002
If not for Christie's brilliant performance, I would say that this isn't much above a movie of the week.