A Canterbury Tale Reviews

February 16, 2021
Despite A Canterbury Tale's national-patriotic aims and its fantasy of a peaceful, rustic English countryside peopled by plain-spoken but astute farmers and craftsmen, the work retains a considerable impact.
March 3, 2015
Is this the strangest film produced by (and about) an Allied nation during WWII?
March 3, 2015
It's a wonderful film; bizarre, and pulsing with a weird sexual undertow, it abounds with mysticism, beautiful images and a plot that's as compelling as it is daffy.
March 3, 2015
Curious allegorical epic which was supposed to speak to Allied spirits during the second world war but was a trifle obscure in its symbolism even then.
March 3, 2015
This far-sighted film, which was dismissed at the time, is lyrical in its celebration of a disappearing England.
March 3, 2015
A mighty strange movie, one that updates Chaucer's story to wartime Britain.
March 3, 2015
In the leading roles, Portman does a conscientious job with a difficult role, Sweet creates charm without over-sentimentalising and Price is brisk and efficient.
March 26, 2009
Sincerity and simplicity shine through every foot of this oversized modern version of the Chaucer epic tale. Here is rare beauty.
September 22, 2006
It's oddly soothing and exciting to just bask in the film's images and listen to its stories and ideas.
July 26, 2006
A simple but wonderfully bizarre way to tell Chaucer's A Canterbury Tale in modern terms.
July 3, 2006
The movie is gorgeous and soulful, the product of two gentlemen already figuring out some amazing camera tricks early in their career and comfortable with telling an offbeat story in a unique way.
June 24, 2006
Though infuriatingly difficult to categorise, the film is bold, inventive, stimulating and extremely entertaining.
July 6, 2005
January 1, 2000
Very nearly plotless, this 1944 film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger represents one of the few times the narrative cinema has approached the lyrical ideal.