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Far From the Madding Crowd Reviews

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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.
January 26, 2006
Another classic bites the dust.
July 6, 2010
Christie has few real opportunities to branch out of her rather muted and pouty lead.
October 28, 2004
A stunning-looking Julie Christie running about Thomas Hardy's countryside is the major excuse for John Schlesinger's under-dramatized picture postcard.
| Original Score: 2/5
May 9, 2005
Pictorially excessive but dramatically barren.
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.
May 9, 2013
This is a predictable story that Schlesinger struggles to keep fresh and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
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
January 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
March 9, 2015
One of the most entrancing and elemental landscape films ever shot in these isles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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+
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
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
March 13, 2015
Mostly this is a triumph ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2015
It has a kick that most other Hardy adaptations have conspicuously lacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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