Hobson's Choice Reviews

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Top Critic
May 1, 2013
Hobson's Choice is a cheerful little slice of death, warmed over and served with some lively comic sauces by Producer-Director David Lean and Actor Charles Laughton.
March 26, 2009
Although Laughton richly overplays every major scene, his performance remains one of the film's highlights.
March 25, 2006
A delightful and rewarding British film.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
Lean's sharp direction and impeccable performances all round transform a slight comedy into a timeless delight.
January 1, 2000
David Lean directed, with wit and tact.
February 2, 2018
Hobson's Choice is unmistakably the work of a craftsman; but an over-elaborate pursuit of effects, alien to the tone of the play, cannot but over-weight the material.
July 25, 2009
If your drunken buffoon tolerance is higher than mine, you will probably be more kindly disposed towards the film.
March 14, 2009
David Lean minor classic that has grown in stature over last five decades.
February 23, 2009
Hobson's Choice is a superb addition to the Lean canon, and a charming and surprising selection by Criterion.
February 23, 2009
Lean's splendid frames specifically work to show the high and low status of a social grid.
February 23, 2009
makes everything old seem brilliantly and often hilariously new
February 20, 2009
Though Lean's direction is indeed too heavy and careful to give way to much laughter, he has a secret weapon here: Charles Laughton.
May 28, 2008
A pure joy.
May 3, 2008
Hobson's Choice is a crisply directed comedy of lively and quirky characters in a vivid world of social snobbery and working-class life...
November 6, 2007
Laughton is marvelous in this wry comedy.
November 6, 2007
Flavoursome period charmer and a lovely, memorable performance from Mills.
July 1, 2005
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November 20, 2003
So much of what makes Hobson's Choice work, however, is Lean's filmmaking craftsmanship. I do not believe there's a single throwaway shot in the film..
August 29, 2003
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