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Far From the Madding Crowd Reviews

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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 12, 2015
With the emphasis on plot rather than character only Julie Christie finds a part she can turn round in, suggesting convincingly Bathsheba's curious combination of coquetry with integrity.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 29, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] Visually lush, and powerfully acted by a quartet of England's finest actors, John Schlesinger's "Far From the Madding Crowd" is admirable in spite of its imprecise narrative focus and flaws in its direction.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
March 15, 2015
Splendidly lusty fare, its feet deep in the mud of the English countryside, its head in the lens-flared glare of a dreamy tragi-romantic sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
March 13, 2015
Mostly this is a triumph ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 13, 2015
Everything in this extraordinary evocation of island life is seasonal; these folk, their affections and fortunes, shift with the winds and tides.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 12, 2015
It's maybe not up there in the pantheon of British classics, but there's something highly relaxing and radical about the fact that Schlesinger articulates this classical story with breathy longeurs ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 12, 2015
Christie carries the film with her own insouciant vulnerability. A classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
March 12, 2015
It has a kick that most other Hardy adaptations have conspicuously lacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
March 12, 2015
Quality oozes from every pore, with John Schlesinger's direction complemented by Frederic Raphael's sharp script and a cast that includes Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch and a dastardly Terence Stamp.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 12, 2015
Helped by the shimmering photography of Nicolas Roeg and hindered by a straitjacket of a script by Frederic Raphael, this laudable, lengthy adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel might have benefited from a less respectful treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
March 12, 2015
The length gives room for Nicholas Roeg's outstanding cinematography, which delivers an authentically rustic English epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
March 9, 2015
A perfect example of a film that captures the spirit of the source-material, whilst boldly exploiting and exploring the potential of the cinematic medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 9, 2015
One of the most entrancing and elemental landscape films ever shot in these isles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
May 9, 2013
[Schlesinger] displays the best sense of Victorian time and place since David Lean in Great Expectations.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Alan Bates, in a change of pace, is the loyal shepherd. Terence Stamp is a suitably vile Sgt. Troy, and Peter Finch makes Boldwood strong and honorable in his love for Bathsheba.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
May 24, 2003
Finch, Bates, Stamp and particularly Christie are all mesmerising, while Nic Roeg's cinematography and the outdoor settings are breathtaking.
Penelope Houston
The Spectator
March 12, 2015
Far from the Madding Crowd has the not uncommon effect with a classic of sending one back to the book, for reassurance that Hardy really did achieve what the film hasn't.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 9, 2013
Thomas Hardy was not the most dynamic novelist in English literature, but this sluggish 1967 film still does him a serious disservice.
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