The Barretts of Wimpole Street Reviews

August 1, 2019
Everyone in it is completely vicious, angelic, comic, splendid or nitwitted.
June 7, 2019
An exceptionally charming and frequently moving piece of work.
January 31, 2012
One of the better-known and more typical of MGM's adaptations of famous stage plays.
March 26, 2009
As a film it's slow. Very. The first hour is wandering, planting-the-plot stuff that has some difficulty cementing the interest, but in the final stretch it grips and holds.
February 10, 2008
Sidney Franklin's Oscar nominated period romance about the titular poets is stiff and stagy, but it offers good roles for Laughton as the tyrannical father and Norma Shearer as his invalid daughter. This version is superior to the later remake.
March 25, 2006
Sidney Franklin has filmed a drama of beauty, dignity and nobility.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Slow, deliberate, dull.
December 5, 2004
When not even Charles Laughton, playing a deranged, scarily pious, and pretty obviously incestuous domineering father can save a film, you know you have problems.
May 24, 2003
A typically lush MGM production set in 19th-century London.