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The Pumpkin Eater Reviews

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times
August 1, 2015
There's beautifully modulated direction from Jack Clayton and scriptwriter Harold Pinter's acidulent signature is all over it -- not to mention the influence of Michelangelo Antonioni.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
August 1, 2015
It might make for valid drama if Mr. Pinter had done a half‐way job of establishing this insecure woman on firm psychological ground.
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
August 1, 2015
It's like a two-hour thunderstorm, with plenty of lightning but for some curious reason barely a drop of rain: that's to say no drop of mercy, no chance of organic growth, no final enlightenment.

TV Guide
August 1, 2015
This is a fine film, encompassing the joys and tragedies of life: birth and death, marriage and divorce, love and hate. The leads give their characters life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
August 1, 2015
In this slow, strong, incisive film version of the book, the ironing out of a well-kept wife's unkempt psyche is portrayed with harrowing perception by Anne Bancroft.
Emanuel Levy
April 17, 2011
A depressing but well acted marital drama, earning Anne Bancroft an Oscar nod for playing a mother of eight children married to the philandering Peter Finch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
February 13, 2009
Anne Bancroft is exceptionally good... The role may sound conventional enough, but not as played by Bancroft; she adds a depth and understanding which puts it on a higher plane.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 26, 2007
It's a marvelously written piece of junk that no matter how brilliantly penned never rises above its shallow soap opera roots.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Thompson
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Fine performances notwithstanding, the world of the Hampstead soap opera now seems so far away as to almost rate as science fiction.

May 24, 2003
The setting of 1960s London now jars, and the flashbacks, much less effectively used than in Pinter's similarly themed Betrayal, at least initially, seem needlessly confusing.
Dan Callahan
March 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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