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Cynical, ironic, and suffused with seductive natural lighting, Barry Lyndon is a complex character piece of a hapless man doomed by Georgian society. Read critic reviews

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How does an Irish lad without prospects become part of 18th-century English nobility? For Barry Lyndon (Ryan O'Neal) the answer is: any way he can! His climb to wealth and privilege is the enthralling focus of this sumptuous Stanley Kubrick version of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel.

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  • The sense of torpor simultaneously helps to call attention to the painterly beauty of the images-widescreen compositions evoking the light and coloring of 18th century paintings-and the grim, fatalistic determinism of the narrative...

    March 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Barry Lyndon is, despite its rigorous construction, also among Kubrick's more emotionally engaged films.

    March 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The wonderfully dry and witty narration is from Thackeray, delivered by Michael Horder.

    February 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • As leisurely as it is painterly, this is a masterclass in cinematography - famously, Kubrick used nothing but natural light in all but a few scenes. Don't miss the chance to watch it in a cinema.

    July 31, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Every frame of every battle scene or courtly interlude is exhaustively and exquisitely detailed.

    July 29, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • There are few films so sumptuous that you almost require fabric swatches while watching -- peachy moiré silks, red brocades, eau de nil satins, lilac-grey velvets -- and that's just the menswear and the furniture.

    July 29, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Barry Lyndon

  • May 01, 2014
    A fabulous picaresque tale - satirical and tragic - in which we see Kubrick make every splendid shot look like an authentic 18th-century painting while using a cynical and essentially cold approach to recount a long series of barely connected episodes in our anti-hero's ill-fated life.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2014
    My favorite Kubrick film by far. Epic story with fine costumes and sets -- and a soundtrack to die for.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2013
    Barry Lyndon is a fantastic epic helmed by Stanley Kubrick that boasts great performances and revolutionary and beautiful direction.
    Daniel L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2012
    Is anyone better at skewering bourgeois culture and plumbing the depths of the inevitability of loss?
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer

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