Reviews

Aug 30, 2021
Most are advised that watching the movie feels more like homework than entertainment.
Dec 18, 2020
Welles may be best known for his 1941 film "Citizen Kane," but as far as I'm concerned, "Chimes at Midnight" is his magnum opus.
Nov 21, 2020
...multiple dimensions of tragedy and devises a passionately vigorous repertory of images to embody it...
Aug 14, 2020
...aside from that small tug on Superman's cape I have only grateful praise for this thing.
May 6, 2020
[Chimes at Midnight] is a curiously mixed bag of a film in which defects often become virtues and difficult attempts succeed while easy ones fail.
Nov 2, 2019
Chimes at Midnight is a unique achievement that few filmmakers have ever equaled.
Oct 16, 2019
In this film, [Orson] Welles is bigger than life, literally and figuratively.
Jun 4, 2019
One can feel Welles' energy and passion, but there is a sense of regret that hangs over Chimes at Midnight that is impossible to ignore, as if Falstaff has become a metaphor for Welles himself.
Mar 2, 2019
The story, conceived in these terms, is "too easy." Fortunately, the film has several other stories to tell, mainly through its images.
Jan 17, 2019
The film is wonderful and exasperating, the work of a genius, the reflections of an egotist, delicious utterances of great language and muddied speeches in other instances.
Sep 19, 2018
one of Welles's greatest late-stage accomplishments-a very nearly magnificent amalgam of plot points, characters, and dialogue from not just one or two of the Bard's history plays, but five of them
Aug 14, 2018
It feels much more like an experimental film than it does a typical Shakespeare adaptations.
Aug 14, 2018
Chimes at Midnight reflects the director's proclivity for out-of-step dreamers who prefer their lovely, useless fancies to cold, pragmatic practicalities.
Jul 13, 2018
The bones are impressively strong and simple.
May 16, 2017
Chimes at Midnight, whose very title resounds with awareness of mortality, is stylistically a bleak and cold vision, with steam often visible on the actors' breath in the frigid air.
Feb 28, 2017
[Those expecting] a Citizen Kane 2.0 will be a little disappointed, but it's still a fantastic movie with beautiful black-and-white cinematography and a compelling performance from Welles.
Nov 10, 2016
Well, now Janus Films has executed a wondrous restoration. It's a knockout. The story of Shakespeare's great Sir John Falstaff character is no longer a diamond the rough. It is simply a breathtaking diamond.
Sep 17, 2016
Criticized at the time of its release for its low budget, the film is actually enhanced by its down-and-dirty aura, and Welles' performance is nothing short of brilliant.
May 19, 2016
Without question, Welles is the definitive Falstaff, puffed up with bluster, but achingly sensitive on the inside.
Mar 9, 2016
A best-of approach that cuts to the soul of a figure whom Welles considered Shakespeare's greatest creation.