Barry Lyndon


Barry Lyndon (1975)


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


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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.

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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 (64) | Top Critics (11)

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

Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The great director's least satisfying, most disconcerting film - and that's what makes it extraordinary.

Jul 25, 2016 | 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: 5/6 | Full Review…
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Barry Lyndon is something to rediscover.

Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Stanley Kubrick's magisterial Thackeray adaptation now stands as one of his greatest and most savagely ironic films, not to mention one of the few period pieces on celluloid so transporting that it seems to predate the invention of cameras.

May 23, 2007

Ryan O'Neal's excellent performance captures the shallow opportunism endemic to the title character who is brought down as much by his own flaws as by the mores of the ordered social structure of 18th-century England.

May 8, 2007 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Barry Lyndon


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

My favorite Kubrick film by far. Epic story with fine costumes and sets -- and a soundtrack to die for.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Barry Lyndon is a fantastic epic helmed by Stanley Kubrick that boasts great performances and revolutionary and beautiful direction.

Daniel Lermenator
Daniel Lermenator

Super Reviewer


A sprawling, flawed, but still ultimately successful epic about a drifter (Ryan O'Neal) in the 18th century who goes from poverty to riches after serving in the Seven Years' War and coming out a hero after saving his captain's life, and how he marries into wealth and tries to attain the status and respect he feels he deserves. Although there is no justifiable reason for this film to be three hours (the middle hour especially sags considerably), this still remains an important movie due to its overarching themes of wealth and how it affects one's life and perspective, and how ultimately money means nothing and family and relationships are more important and rewarding. O'Neal gives a sensational performance, and while Kubrick has seen better days directing, this movie still wins out in the end due to its ability to drive home an important message with resolute force.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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