Henry V Reviews

November 27, 2019
There is a great deal of value in Branagh`s version, not least in his own lead performance as a soft, indefinite Henry who defines himself over the course of the play.
November 27, 2019
If Olivier gave us the glint of sunlight on armor and the wind roaring through the pennants and flags, Branagh gives us the rot, the mold, the wounds and the crusted blood underneath.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
May 21, 2003
Mr. Branagh's Henry has psychological heft and intellectual weight.
January 1, 2000
What works best in the film is the over-all vision.
January 1, 2000
More questioning, more agonized, finally more humble.
January 1, 2000
Everything about this remarkable production is exhilaratingly unexpected.
January 1, 2000
In this alert, rousing interpretation of Henry V, Branagh beats down the doors of high art and drags the sleeping bard into the light of modern day.