Tom Jones Reviews

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February 14, 2020
Oscar-winning adventure comedy has dated sexist humor.
October 14, 2019
Sizzling with vitality and frankly sexy, this British comedy-of-love honors the gaiety and candor of life in eighteenth-century England, without losing sight of its crudities and oppressions.
February 19, 2019
[A] lusty, magnificent period comedy.
January 29, 2019
Decades of art-house imitators and Benny Hill reruns may have removed some of the luster, but there's still plenty to admire and enjoy in this bawdy British effort.
March 7, 2018
Tony Richardson's Tom Jones took Henry Fielding's bawdy picaresque and updated it for a new generation.
February 18, 2015
A fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek movie about an engaging foundling.
January 14, 2014
While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago.
January 14, 2014
It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex.
January 14, 2014
It was always arch, overlong and uncertain of tone, but nevertheless very funny and extraordinarily bawdy.
February 20, 2009
The film is a way-out, walleyed, wonderful exercise in cinema. It is also a social satire written in blood with a broadaxe. It is bawdy as the British were bawdy when a wench had to wear five petticoats to barricade her virtue.
July 8, 2008
A classic not just of literary adaptation, but of the last truly adventurous era in British and European filmmaking.
June 27, 2008
A lusty historical romp with a cheeky sense of humor and a rollicking energy...
April 1, 2008
Irreverent comedy.
February 20, 2008
If Tom Jones now feels something of a product of its times, it still deserves credit for attempting something new.
January 28, 2008
The ragbag of visual tricks turns a great novel into an entertaining but simple-minded romp.
Top Critic
January 28, 2008
It has sex, Eastmancolor, some prime performers and plenty of action.
December 13, 2006
Despite the fitful energy and the beauty of the settings, the ugliness of the mise en scene and the crudity of the editing tend to triumph.
November 21, 2006
Albert Finney's performance can't stop Tom Jones from being a grainy mess.
June 24, 2006
Osborne's courageous hatchet job on Fielding's 1,000 page classic novel and Finney's gutsy performance add up to produce an enjoyable piece of irreverent entertainment.
December 19, 2005
An enjyable adaptation (by playwright John Osborn) of Henry Fielding's famous novel about the adventures of the amorous illegit son of a servant, splendidly played by the young Albert Finney.
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