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Henry V Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve
February 4, 2015
There's a boldness to Branagh's Henry V, which shows off the cinematic possibilities of Shakespeare without a lot of distracting razzle-dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
January 29, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Toward "turning many years into an hourglass," Branagh the screenwriter condenses "King Henry the Fifth," while adding in elements from the first and second parts of "King Henry the Fourth." The effect is seamless.
Full Review | Original Score: A

July 1, 2008
Like Sir Larry's, this remains Branagh's best movie and although less spirited and more actorish than its predecessor, it has a modern feel and a grittier tone to it, notably in the battle scenes.
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Variety Staff
July 1, 2008
A stirring, gritty and enjoyable pic which offers a plethora of fine performances from some of the U.K.'s brightest talents.
Anthony Quinn
Empire Magazine
July 1, 2008
It might never be as famous as Olivier's, but it should carry considerable clout for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2008
The cast -- including Derek Jacobi as the modern-dress chorus, Paul Scofield, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, and Robbie Coltrane in an effective cameo as Falstaff -- is uniformly fine without any grandstanding.
Cole Smithey
June 14, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Branagh succeeds in his blunt, robust portrayal of the Soldier-King, hauling the film along in the wake of his own gung-ho performance.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
November 12, 2004
Shakespeare with guts, passion and spectacle
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 17, 2003
A strong, fiery film so good that Branagh has virtually drawn out a fifteen-year film career from the unrepeated success of this debut.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Straightforward, energetic and updated Bard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Benedict Nightingale
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Mr. Branagh's Henry has psychological heft and intellectual weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 28, 2003
A triumphant affirmation of Shakespeare's timeless appeal.
| Original Score: 5/5
Widgett Walls
October 8, 2002
Many fine feature film versions of Shakespeare exist. Few can match this one for raw power.
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Branagh's dogged vision of Shakespeare resonates.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 13, 2002
Kenneth Branagh's audacious and stirring screen version of Shakespeare's drama.
F.X. Feeney
November 12, 2001
This is the beauty of Branagh's vision of Henry V --the very thing that saves it from becoming an elaborate ego trip.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 27, 2001
In the end, Kenneth Branagh's Henry V stands tall alongside the wealth of 1990s Shakespearean adaptations that followed it, and marks a bold directorial debut.
Read More | Original Score: 86/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What works best in the film is the over-all vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Everything about this remarkable production is exhilaratingly unexpected.
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