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Kind Hearts and Coronets Reviews

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December 20, 2014
A high comedy that is enlivened with cynicism, loaded with dramatic irony and shot through with a suspicion of social satire.
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
August 22, 2011
Hamer had a particular liking for the late-Victorian/Edwardian world and was a great Francophile.
August 19, 2011
Amazingly courageous for its day (1949) in combining bad taste with good comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 18, 2011
This was Robert Hamer's masterpiece...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 18, 2011
Technically brilliant and savagely funny, serial killing has never looked so much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
January 2, 2011
A comedic gem featuring the incomparable Sir Alec Guinness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
July 27, 2010
Robert Hamer's 1949 film is an impeccable premiere example of Black Comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
March 26, 2009
Translation to a screen comedy has been effected with a mature wit.
July 31, 2007
There's a surprise ending that helps make this one of Ealing's darkest comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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-
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
March 23, 2006
Easily the most beloved and durable film from the Ealing stable.
March 10, 2006
A droll and delicious black comedy, one of the Ealing Studios' regal postwar hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 19, 2006
dry, mannered, and very ironic
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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