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Barry Lyndon Reviews

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January 1, 2017
The expressive authority of Kubrick's direction is breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 17, 2016
It's gorgeous to look at, with its reverse zooms that slowly widen to stunning rural panoramas, its beautiful framing, its delight in decorative detail. You feel you are watching a masterclass in how to recreate the look and feel of the late 18th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
July 29, 2016
Every frame of every battle scene or courtly interlude is exhaustively and exquisitely detailed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 29, 2016
It is Kubrick's most moving film, and his most deeply felt exploration of romantic desire.
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
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
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
May 29, 2015
One of the most astonishingly beautiful films I have ever seen.
June 5, 2014
One of the most graphically-driven, purely audio-visual of all nominally narrative motion pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
September 10, 2013
...the point at which Kubrick's black humor crosses over into blatant parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
February 5, 2009
The film's truly outstanding performance is by Patrick Magee, an actor of terrifying intensity.
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
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
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
January 30, 2009
Barry Lyndon is something to rediscover.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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