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Barry Lyndon Reviews

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times
July 31, 2016
This is a period film like no other, a slow but utterly hypnotic tale of an Irish youth whose adventures and misfortunes take in the Seven Years' War, the gambling clubs of Europe and marriage into the English aristocracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 31, 2016
Ryan O'Neal has the role of his career as Redmond Barry, an Irish rogue who lies, fights and sleeps his way to prominence in 18th century society.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)
July 31, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
July 29, 2016
Every frame of every battle scene or courtly interlude is exhaustively and exquisitely detailed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Edward Lawrenson
The Big Issue
July 29, 2016
It is Kubrick's most moving film, and his most deeply felt exploration of romantic desire.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
July 29, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Bleasdale
CineVue
July 29, 2016
A rich cinematic experience which fully deserves...its status as one of Stanley Kubrick's greatest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 25, 2016
The great director's least satisfying, most disconcerting film - and that's what makes it extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kenneth Robinson
The Spectator
May 29, 2015
One of the most astonishingly beautiful films I have ever seen.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 5, 2014
One of the most graphically-driven, purely audio-visual of all nominally narrative motion pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
September 10, 2013
...the point at which Kubrick's black humor crosses over into blatant parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
July 2, 2012
Clichés are affirmed and words proven inadequate when you're actually confronted with the beauty of the thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Edward Porter
Times (UK)
February 5, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 5, 2009
The film's truly outstanding performance is by Patrick Magee, an actor of terrifying intensity.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 30, 2009
One of cinema's most heartfelt and sustained (it runs over three hours), if cynical, visions of an individual's powerlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6

Film4
January 30, 2009
It's a tour de force, with the director pushing the limits of film technology to realise his singular vision, developing new camera lenses to tell this 18th Century cautionary tale with only natural, available light.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
January 30, 2009
It's a work of technical brilliance and considerable beauty; the slow and deliberate pacing only serves to make Barry's adventures more fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 30, 2009
Barry Lyndon is something to rediscover.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sky Movies
January 30, 2009
Director Stanley Kubrick's opulent epic is certainly a feast for the eyes, with every scene beautifully framed and the attention to exquisite detail breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 30, 2009
You can't tear your eyes from it. Loosely held together by Michael Hordern's drolly ironic narration, it might not catch very much of Thackeray's tone but it creates a world that is sumptuously, even shockingly, vivid.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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