Richard III Reviews

January 8, 2020
Olivier's title-role performance is a triumph of subtlety and venom, and his surrounding cast is virtually an Honors List of the British legitimate theatre.
November 27, 2019
The play's the thing, then, with Olivier's hunchback scowling and lurching around the sets like Charles Laughton's Quasimodo.
March 21, 2018
The final word, however, must be that this is a superb and bold achievement, most honourable to Shakespeare and to the actor-producer-director, something of a cinematographic miracle.
February 8, 2018
Olivier's performance was brilliant on the stage; here it is even more impressive, the irony sharpened, the arrogance made more breathtaking by the camera's intimacy.
May 22, 2013
Director and star Sir Laurence Olivier doesn't shy away from center stage in this adaptation... nor would any sane person want him to.
July 29, 2011
The conception and execution of this film is not as bold as Henry V or Hamlet (also by Olivier), but the cast, headed by Olivier as the malevolent hunchbacked monarch, Gielgud and Richardson, is superb.
September 6, 2010
It's fascinating to note that Richard is almost always portrayed by middle-aged actors - Olivier was 48, and actually comes in at the low end. In reality, Richard was only 32 when he died.
July 9, 2008
This filmed record of Olivier's Richard has intimidated generations of actors -- how can they hope to compete with an interpretation both so brilliant and so familiar to audiences?
July 9, 2008
Laurence Olivier's classic rendition (1956) of Shakespeare's total villain contains one of his most engaging performances and reveals some of his best spatial manipulation of action.
June 24, 2006
It becomes almost laughable when it tries to transcend its own timidity in the dramatic climaxes.
March 27, 2004
March 17, 2004
The quality of production was superb, and a viewer had a true sense of pageantry and court grandeur.
March 17, 2004
Olivier's is a turgid rendition with little regard for how the medium of cinema might lend alternative perspectives to the text.
February 21, 2004
how can you not dig a movie that offers John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson on top of Olivier?
October 31, 2003
September 8, 2003
Esta grandiosa produo traz Olivier em uma performance inesquecvel. Infelizmente, como diretor, Olivier no conseguiu evitar que a narrativa soasse excessivamente teatral.
September 7, 2002
July 29, 2002
January 1, 2000
Well worth seeing.