Chimes at Midnight Reviews

January 28, 2016
Welles' vision and imagination is unmatched in film. His use of light in a forbidding, dark castle is a wonder.
January 15, 2016
Thanks to an astonishingly crisp restoration, Orson Welles' 1965 Shakespearean masterpiece can now be appreciated by anyone who thought his best days behind the camera ended with Touch of Evil.
January 8, 2016
Quite likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever.
January 7, 2016
See it on the big screen if you can; for all of its flaws it's a glory.
December 31, 2015
The best and most touchingly personal of all Shakespeare adaptations, Chimes At Midnight is pervaded by melancholy and loneliness, even though its characters are almost seen never alone.
Top Critic
December 29, 2015
Sprawling, and hugely ambitious, and containing a glorious Wellesian Falstaff who's as majestic in folly as he is in girth.
July 28, 2015
"Chimes at Midnight" is one of Welles' peak achievements. Its depth of feeling seems very real, very deep indeed.
April 30, 2015
Playing Falstaff might have been Welles's creative and physical destiny: in the character he found a dignity and sensuality in his, by then, overweight form. The confidence and panache of his staging is a treat.
April 29, 2015
Welles's most human film, his most poignant, funny and empathetic.
January 13, 2015
Of all the movies Welles made, it may offer the most clues to his imposing pachyderm soul.
August 30, 2012
It takes large latent talent to tell the audience that you know that what you're doing isn't worth doing and still do it better than anyone else in the movie.
June 18, 2008
A personal viewpoint, it mixes the grotesque, bawdy, comic and heroic, and does have a melancholy under its carousing and battles.
April 6, 2007
Here is a film to treasure.
February 9, 2006
Welles waddles through the foreground with an eye on his own problems of patronage, while behind the camera he conjures a dark masterpiece, shot through with slapstick and sorrow.
May 9, 2005
Evidently Mr. Welles's reading of Falstaff ranges between a farcical concept of him and a mawkish, sentimental attitude.
October 8, 2001
The one Welles film that deserves to be called lovely.