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Kind Hearts and Coronets Reviews

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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 20, 2014
A high comedy that is enlivened with cynicism, loaded with dramatic irony and shot through with a suspicion of social satire.
Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny
September 1, 2011
Shot through with pitch black humour and biting satire on both the moribund upper class and the grasping venality of the suburban middle class.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 22, 2011
Hamer had a particular liking for the late-Victorian/Edwardian world and was a great Francophile.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 19, 2011
Amazingly courageous for its day (1949) in combining bad taste with good comedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 18, 2011
This was Robert Hamer's masterpiece...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Little White Lies
August 18, 2011
Technically brilliant and savagely funny, serial killing has never looked so much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
August 17, 2011
At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
August 8, 2011
Robert Hamer's poised direction chimes perfectly with his Edwardian setting, and the Wildean wit of Price's voice-over is an unfailing delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A comedic gem featuring the incomparable Sir Alec Guinness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2010
Robert Hamer's 1949 film is often cited as the definitive black, eccentric British comedy, yet it's several cuts better than practically anything else in the genre.

September 3, 2010
The most sophisticated and blackest of the Ealing comedies, Hamer's immaculate, serial-killer romp gives the splendid Guinness the roles of a lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
July 27, 2010
Robert Hamer's 1949 film is an impeccable premiere example of Black Comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sarah Boslaugh
July 29, 2009
In a career noted for multiple characterizations, Alec Guinness had his finest hour in the dryly hilarious Ealing Studios comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets ...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Translation to a screen comedy has been effected with a mature wit.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 31, 2007
There's a surprise ending that helps make this one of Ealing's darkest comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
April 12, 2006
Brilliantly sustains its outrageous black humor [with] a constant ironic contrast between the outward gentility… of its aristocratic milieu and the moral decadence… beneath it all.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Bourne
April 5, 2006
It was Voltaire, probably, who said that if Alec Guinness did not exist it would be necessary for Ealing Studios to invent him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 23, 2006
Easily the most beloved and durable film from the Ealing stable.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 10, 2006
A droll and delicious black comedy, one of the Ealing Studios' regal postwar hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Bezanson
February 19, 2006
dry, mannered, and very ironic
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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