Barry Lyndon


Barry Lyndon

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 68


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Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, this film tells the complex story of a sensitive, intelligent, and ambitious man trapped in a society which has no use for him. Despite the obstacle of his Irish birth, Raymond Barry manages to become the wealthy but ill-respected Barry Lyndon.


Ryan O'Neal
as Barry Lyndon/Redmond Barry
Marisa Berenson
as Lady Honoria Lyndon
Patrick Magee
as Chevalier de Balibari
Hardy Krüger
as Capt. Potzdorf
Steven Berkoff
as Lord Ludd
Leonard Rossiter
as Capt. Quin
Godfrey Quigley
as Capt. Grogan
Diana Koerner
as German Girl
Marie Kean
as Barry's Mother
Frank Middlemass
as Sir Charles Lyndon
Murray Melvin
as Reverend Runt
Leon Vitali
as Lord Bullingdon
Dominic Savage
as Lord Bullingdon as a Child
David Morley
as Brian Lyndon
André Morell
as Lord Wendover
John Bindon
as Recruiting Soldier
Roger Booth
as King George III
Billy Boyle
as Seamus Feeny
Jonathan Cecil
as Lt. Jonathan Fakenham
Peter Cellier
as Sir Richard
Geoffrey Chater
as Dr. Broughton
Anthony Dawes
as British Soldier
Barry Jackson
as British Soldier
Wolf Kahler
as Prince of Tübingen
George Sewell
as Barry's Second
Anthony Sharp
as Lord Hallam
John Sharp
as Doolan
Roy Spencer
as Horse Seller
Harry Towb
as Innkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Barry Lyndon

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (5)

  • The wonderfully dry and witty narration is from Thackeray, delivered by Michael Horder.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | 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.

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

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The great director's least satisfying, most disconcerting film - and that's what makes it extraordinary.

    Jul 25, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Its story of an 18th-century social climber, adapted from Thackeray, unfolds in Gainsborough-esque landscapes and in rooms lit either by milky-white sunshine or shimmering candle flames.

    Feb 5, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of cinema's most heartfelt and sustained (it runs over three hours), if cynical, visions of an individual's powerlessness.

    Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's a work of technical brilliance and considerable beauty; the slow and deliberate pacing only serves to make Barry's adventures more fascinating.

    Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

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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