Cool Hand Luke Reviews

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February 6, 2020
The movie cheats slightly by hinting Newman's death is a triumph - as if all crucifixions were alike. But this is a very small carp at a very fine movie.
September 27, 2018
The whole thing depends on Newman's blue eyes, easy grin, and ability to appear charismatic but never cocky.
June 26, 2015
As this 'Southern' turns up the heat, the sense of sadistic oppression, of being looked down on by 'the man,' swelters and burns. The glowering sun eclipses the convict in its hellfire glow. Newman/Luke's knowing smile, though, burns on.
February 16, 2014
An incredible film...
April 23, 2013
It's easy to forget just how fine Cool Hand Luke is.
July 8, 2010
...a gulag melodrama, if such a thing is possible.
May 2, 2009
April 23, 2009
Stuart Rosenberg's direction is a horror, but the cast teems with so many familiar faces that this 1967 film can't help but entertain.
November 16, 2008
Anchored by Paul Newman's thoroughly magnetic performance...
September 9, 2008
Newman remains watchable and glamorous throughout, bloody, muddy or coated in torso-flattering sweat, but the film's efforts to sentimentally "humanize" him by psychological revelation are clumsy.
September 5, 2008
The lines and the character have survived the film's oft-forgotten actual message.
September 4, 2008
Cool Hand Luke now seems more like a well-made entertainment than any kind of American masterpiece.
August 26, 2008
...most viewers will have little failure understanding the movie and its motives. They communicate brilliantly.
August 22, 2008
One of those movies you remember Great Moments from.
Top Critic
August 22, 2008
A picture of chilling dramatic power.
August 22, 2008
Too cool for words, then switches past midstream into a work of poignancy and power.
August 22, 2008
A tough, taut, smart milestone in the evolution of the American anti-hero, and cracking entertainment too.
August 21, 2008
Preserves a time when one could not only get away with making an allegory with an existential hero, but stock it with an ensemble from the Actors Studio. [Blu-Ray]
July 22, 2008
Newman gives an excellent performance, assisted by a terriffic supporting cast, including George Kennedy, outstanding as the unofficial leader of the cons who yields first place to Newman.
April 4, 2007
Paul Newman and George Kennedy are at their best at this popular prison drama, which drew on the Depression era film, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. Quote to remember: "What we've got here is a failure to communicate."
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