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The Lion in Winter Reviews

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February 23, 2003
Boring and overrated. Good acting.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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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.
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.
October 7, 2016
[A] humdinger of medieval powerplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
March 13, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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
May 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
March 26, 2009
An intense, fierce, personal drama put across by outstanding performances of Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn.
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 13, 2001
The cast is truly in top form. Hepburn and O'Toole play off of each other beautifully.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2012
Intelligently produced historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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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