Barry Lyndon 1975

Barry Lyndon

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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.

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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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Ryan O'Neal
Barry Lyndon
Patrick Magee
Chevalier de Baliban
Hardy Krüger
Capt. Potzdorf
Gay Hamilton
Nora Brady
Godfrey Quigley
Captain Grogan
Jan Harlan
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Bernard Williams
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Leonard Rosenman
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Critic Reviews for Barry Lyndon

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (7)

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

    February 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | 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…

    Kate Muir

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

    July 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.

    February 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.

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

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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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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