The Ruling Class Reviews

  • Nov 06, 2019

    Equally as essential to society today as it was in 1972, it's message still carries on. Not only is the writing clever, witty, outrageous & entertaining, Peter O'Toole gives one of the most fascinating - & at time terrifying - performances ever captured in cinema!

    Equally as essential to society today as it was in 1972, it's message still carries on. Not only is the writing clever, witty, outrageous & entertaining, Peter O'Toole gives one of the most fascinating - & at time terrifying - performances ever captured in cinema!

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    Alec B Super Reviewer
    Sep 15, 2019

    Both the movie and its source material were written at a time when merely being outrageous was considered subversive so several sequences feel like mediocre late period Monty Python sketches. Still, its worth seeing for O'Toole who holds the movie together with a hilarious and occasionally terrifying performance.

    Both the movie and its source material were written at a time when merely being outrageous was considered subversive so several sequences feel like mediocre late period Monty Python sketches. Still, its worth seeing for O'Toole who holds the movie together with a hilarious and occasionally terrifying performance.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    One of the best pieces of art ever. Nothing can compare.

    One of the best pieces of art ever. Nothing can compare.

  • Aug 06, 2017

    The Ruling Class is a funny film. It is about a member of the House of Lords who dies, leaving his estate to his son. Peter O'Toole and Arthur Lowe give excellent performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Peter Medak did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the humor and drama. The Ruling Class is a must see.

    The Ruling Class is a funny film. It is about a member of the House of Lords who dies, leaving his estate to his son. Peter O'Toole and Arthur Lowe give excellent performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Peter Medak did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the humor and drama. The Ruling Class is a must see.

  • Jul 21, 2017

    Difficult to follow as it is heavily satirized, but O'Toole is fantastic as a man who thinks he is Jesus and Jack the Ripper.

    Difficult to follow as it is heavily satirized, but O'Toole is fantastic as a man who thinks he is Jesus and Jack the Ripper.

  • Feb 26, 2017

    Some poignant and memorable humor. However, it may have gone too far.

    Some poignant and memorable humor. However, it may have gone too far.

  • Jan 25, 2016

    This is a flawed gem of British cinema. Bitter, funny and deranged. At times it loses its way, or lays it on a bit too thick, but any faults are made up for by a wonderful set of performances. Particularly strong are O'Toole in his Oscar nominated turn as the maniacal Earl, Arthur Lowe as his insubordinate butler, the great Alistair Simm in one of his last performances, doing what he does best, and a small scene-stealing turn from the wonderful Nigel Green. Many of the supporting actors here made their careers out of gentle English comedies of the 40s and 50s. This film feels half-way between those earlier Ealing-style comedies and more counter-culture offerings of the 70s. While not exactly a musical, the choice to have the characters periodically break out into song and dance numbers may well have influenced Dennis Potter's use of the same devise in Pennies from Heaven a few years later. While I'm not sure that The Ruling Class has has much profound to say as a satire, it does work as a wonderfully deranged comedy on manners with a few chilling moments. Think Kind Hearts and Coronets for post 60s Britain.

    This is a flawed gem of British cinema. Bitter, funny and deranged. At times it loses its way, or lays it on a bit too thick, but any faults are made up for by a wonderful set of performances. Particularly strong are O'Toole in his Oscar nominated turn as the maniacal Earl, Arthur Lowe as his insubordinate butler, the great Alistair Simm in one of his last performances, doing what he does best, and a small scene-stealing turn from the wonderful Nigel Green. Many of the supporting actors here made their careers out of gentle English comedies of the 40s and 50s. This film feels half-way between those earlier Ealing-style comedies and more counter-culture offerings of the 70s. While not exactly a musical, the choice to have the characters periodically break out into song and dance numbers may well have influenced Dennis Potter's use of the same devise in Pennies from Heaven a few years later. While I'm not sure that The Ruling Class has has much profound to say as a satire, it does work as a wonderfully deranged comedy on manners with a few chilling moments. Think Kind Hearts and Coronets for post 60s Britain.

  • Oct 15, 2015

    THE BEST...SIMPLY THE BEST !!

    THE BEST...SIMPLY THE BEST !!

  • Dec 05, 2014

    O'Toole is good, and the movie is interesting in parts, but it's organizationally too disjointed.

    O'Toole is good, and the movie is interesting in parts, but it's organizationally too disjointed.

  • Dec 02, 2014

    Peter O'Toole is absolutely wonderful in this zany, screwball comedy satire.

    Peter O'Toole is absolutely wonderful in this zany, screwball comedy satire.