• Unrated, 2 hr. 18 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Laurence Olivier
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 1956 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 24, 2004
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Richard III Reviews

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

It's fascinating to note that Richard is almost always portrayed by middle-aged actors - Olivier was 48, and actually comes in at the low end. In reality, Richard was only 32 when he died.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 6, 2010

Film4

Olivier's is a turgid rendition with little regard for how the medium of cinema might lend alternative perspectives to the text.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 17, 2004

Time Out
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It becomes almost laughable when it tries to transcend its own timidity in the dramatic climaxes.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Director and star Sir Laurence Olivier doesn't shy away from center stage in this adaptation... nor would any sane person want him to.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

May 22, 2013
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

how can you not dig a movie that offers John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson on top of Olivier?

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Esta grandiosa produção traz Olivier em uma performance inesquecível. Infelizmente, como diretor, Olivier não conseguiu evitar que a narrativa soasse excessivamente teatral.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 8, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

| Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

October 31, 2003
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

| Original Score: 4/5

September 7, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Well worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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The quality of production was superb, and a viewer had a true sense of pageantry and court grandeur.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2004
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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Laurence Olivier's classic rendition (1956) of Shakespeare's total villain contains one of his most engaging performances and reveals some of his best spatial manipulation of action.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 9, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The conception and execution of this film is not as bold as Henry V or Hamlet (also by Olivier), but the cast, headed by Olivier as the malevolent hunchbacked monarch, Gielgud and Richardson, is superb.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

July 29, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This filmed record of Olivier's Richard has intimidated generations of actors -- how can they hope to compete with an interpretation both so brilliant and so familiar to audiences?

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 9, 2008

Variety
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March 26, 2009
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