The Lion in Winter Reviews

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August 11, 2020
Mr. Goldman's script cannot resist undercutting the subject by trivializing it.
December 4, 2019
Flawed and a little too impressed with Its own accomplishments, The Lion in Winter is, nevertheless, something to see.
June 3, 2019
One of Hollywood's great epics, a film often overlooked in favor of some of the era's flashier spectacles.
May 21, 2019
The film's best asset is its relentless and even exasperating unwillingness to pin itself down to one thing becoming a film that's working on all levels.
July 5, 2018
A very confident dive by a young English film- maker into the deep water of big international production.
March 22, 2018
Plenty of swords and knives make appearances in The Lion in Winter, but none can possibly cut as deep as the caustic dialogue.
December 12, 2016
All that's ever mattered about The Lion in Winter are Hepburn and O'Toole, and the pleasure we take from watching two masters inspire each other to greatness. Scenery chewing has rarely been so artful.
December 4, 2016
A commanding blend of the high and low, a thoroughly sordid family melodrama designed for over-literate history buffs.
October 7, 2016
[A] humdinger of medieval powerplay.
July 14, 2014
While the script and the performances are simply dazzling, it is notable, too, for the screen debuts of Timothy Dalton and a combustible Anthony Hopkins.
July 14, 2014
O'Toole holds his own with the magnificent Hepburn in a witty, literate, and inventive script.
July 14, 2014
A must-see.
July 14, 2014
It's stagey and mannered, but it still feels sleek and modern.
July 14, 2014
Henry and Eleanor are reduced to a TV-sized version of the sovereigns next door, their epic struggle shrunk to sitcom squabbles.
July 14, 2014
James Goldman's screenplay, so chic and sophisticated to the ears of suburbanites, is chock-full of the worst kind of sophomoric fiddling with what Goldman takes to be genuine highfalutin lingo.
April 14, 2012
Intelligently produced historical drama.
August 15, 2011
Peter O'TOole and Katharine Hepburn are superb as the bickering, yet loving Henry II and his meddling wife Eleanor of Aquitaine.
March 26, 2009
An intense, fierce, personal drama put across by outstanding performances of Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn.
December 21, 2007
Director Anthony Harvey opened up Goldman's play into authentic spaces far from any proscenium, and remained faithful to an energetic drama propelled by its performances and dialogue.
June 22, 2007
A trashy, gossipy, anachronistic marital drama, about the royal squabbles of Henry II and exiled wife, is well-acted by Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn, who won a third Oscar for her wicked scheming; watch for Anthony Hopkins in his screen debut
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