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A Man for All Seasons Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
A Man for All Seasons is a handsome production. In other words, it is staid, stern, plodding, and precise, with about as much passion as your 11th-grade history textbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kent Turner
February 24, 2007
Waiting for More's breaking point provides the only thread of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Orson Welles alone relieves the boredom in a marvellous cameo as Cardinal Wolsey. If only they'd let him loose with the whole sorry history...
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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.
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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.

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
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.
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.
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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Superb movie of More's stand against Henry VIII.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 15, 2007
Zinnemann proved to be a filmmaker for all seasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
It will not be for all tastes, but it is a fine film.
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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.
Jon Fortgang
September 18, 2003
Bolt's writing is elegant, vivid, shot through with a mounting sense of irony, and both Scofield and Shaw clearly relish their roles.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 13, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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