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The Lion in Winter Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 7, 2016
[A] humdinger of medieval powerplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2014
O'Toole holds his own with the magnificent Hepburn in a witty, literate, and inventive script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 14, 2014
A must-see.
July 14, 2014
It's stagey and mannered, but it still feels sleek and modern.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 24, 2006
Harvey's direction is intelligent enough, though the reduction of power struggles to fits of personal pique -- where the fate of nations hangs in the balance -- becomes a little irritating. Enjoyable for its two lead performances, however.
May 9, 2005
...outdoorsy and fun, full of the kind of plotting and action people used to go to just plain movies for.
October 23, 2004
One of the joys which movies provide too rarely is the opportunity to see a literate script handled intelligently. The Lion in Winter triumphs at that difficult task...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 26, 2004
A must-see for perhaps the most scathing verbal pyrotechnics ever committed to film.
August 16, 2003
You'll either love or reject the idea of history as sitcom; either way, the lead performances are hard to deny.
| Original Score: 4/5
February 23, 2003
Boring and overrated. Good acting.
| Original Score: 2/5
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