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The Lion in Winter Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)
October 7, 2016
[A] humdinger of medieval powerplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
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

TV Guide
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.

Total Film
July 14, 2014
It's stagey and mannered, but it still feels sleek and modern.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 14, 2012
Intelligently produced historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
An intense, fierce, personal drama put across by outstanding performances of Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn.
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Mark Bourne
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.
Emanuel Levy
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
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Rod McShane
Time Out
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.
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Renata Adler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
...outdoorsy and fun, full of the kind of plotting and action people used to go to just plain movies for.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
September 26, 2004
A must-see for perhaps the most scathing verbal pyrotechnics ever committed to film.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 23, 2003
Boring and overrated. Good acting.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 29, 2002
Theatrical and talky, but it's good talk by great performers.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Martie Zad
Washington Post
April 10, 2002
One of the most revered films of all time...with hallmark performances from Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn and the film debuts of Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Terry and John Castle.
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