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A Man for All Seasons Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
February 16, 2016
The film works well in all departments, in fact -- design, photography, and music. One just wishes that its central conception had been more interesting.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 11, 2015
The notion that politics and religion make the worst bedfellows has never gone out of fashion -- the current pack of right-wing hyenas in Congress attest to that -- and this drama offers a peek at this oil-and-vinegar mix from a historical perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 18, 2015
It is profoundly stirring in its dramatic conception, appealing as it does to the mind, heart, eye and ear.
Moira Walsh
America Magazine
February 18, 2015
Playwright Bolt, acting as his own scenarist, and director Fred Zinnemann have done a superb job of turning the play into a movie.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
January 10, 2014
It's Scofield's picture -- his is an inspired performance of virtue with a dash of vanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
February 19, 2013
Fred Zinnemann's historical drama is the kind of authentic, stately yawner that probably wouldn't even score a greenlight today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Pauline Kael
The New Republic
August 30, 2012
There's more than a little of the school pageant in the rhythm of the movie: Though it's all neater than our school drama coaches could make it, the figures group and say their assigned lines and move on.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Superb movie of More's stand against Henry VIII.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 24, 2009
Political, religious and personal niceties of the period are streamlined, and the movie concentrates on the impressive steadfastness of Sir Thomas More.
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TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
One of the most intelligent religious movies ever made.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 1, 2008
The dry film, more boring than it had a right to be, nevertheless was sincere and won an Oscar for Best Picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 9, 2008
Ainda que a abordagem de Zinnemann não consiga contornar a natureza essencialmente teatral do roteiro, as atuações (especialmente de Scofield, brilhante) e os diálogos absurdamente elegantes e bem construídos mantêm o filme sempre instigante.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
A.D. Murphy
January 29, 2008
Producer-director Fred Zinnemann has blended all filmmaking elements into an excellent, handsome and stirring film version of A Man For All Seasons.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 15, 2007
Zinnemann proved to be a filmmaker for all seasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kent Turner
February 24, 2007
Waiting for More's breaking point provides the only thread of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 14, 2007
Prestigious, well turned out piece of British historical drama with enough genuine intrigue and wit to persuade some audiences they aren't watching a history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
December 13, 2006
This absorbing film features inventive camerawork and superior production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
Robert Bolt's boring historical drama functions best as an anthology of British acting styles, circa 1966.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
November 21, 2006
One man's conviction against the tyranny of Henry VIII makes for an intriguing drama in A Man for All Seasons
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
July 24, 2006
Splendidly acted by Paul Scofield, who won an Oscar, this version of Robert Bolt's play about the conflict between Church and State suffers from Zinnemann's restrained, middlebrow sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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