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Sons and Lovers Reviews

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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 31, 2012
A slack and superficial adaptation of Lawrence's novel.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 31, 2012
Somehow, this plainly euphemistic attitude toward Lawrence's fierce and fine account runs through the whole handsome picture and hobbles its real potential punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Variety Staff
January 31, 2012
Sons and Lovers is a well-made and conscientious adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's famed novel, smoothly directed by Jack Cardiff and superbly acted by a notable cast.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 16, 2016
The best one can promise those who like the book is that they will probably not be greatly disturbed by the adaptation and will see some elements capably dramatized.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 31, 2012
D.H. Lawrence has always proved a tricky test for filmmakers, but this is certainly one fo the better translations, thanks in no small part to the cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
March 15, 2011
Jack Clayton's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's autobiographical novel is intelligent, exquisitely shot, and well acted, if also too restrained.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

January 31, 2012
An attractive, thoughtful adaptation of a difficult novel. Lawrence's sexual politics may have dated badly, but the cinematography and acting still exude quality.

TV Guide
January 31, 2012
The film's period details are excellent, and the direction by cinematographer-turned-director Cardiff is first rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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