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Tom Jones Reviews

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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 18, 2015
A fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek movie about an engaging foundling.
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2014
While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times
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.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
January 14, 2014
It was always arch, overlong and uncertain of tone, but nevertheless very funny and extraordinarily bawdy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 8, 2008
A classic not just of literary adaptation, but of the last truly adventurous era in British and European filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
June 27, 2008
A lusty historical romp with a cheeky sense of humor and a rollicking energy...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 1, 2008
Irreverent comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
If Tom Jones now feels something of a product of its times, it still deserves credit for attempting something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

January 28, 2008
The ragbag of visual tricks turns a great novel into an entertaining but simple-minded romp.
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Rich Gold
January 28, 2008
It has sex, Eastmancolor, some prime performers and plenty of action.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
November 21, 2006
Albert Finney's performance can't stop Tom Jones from being a grainy mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Murphy
Time Out
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.
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Prepare yourself for what is surely one of the wildest, bawdiest and funniest comedies that a refreshingly agile filmmaker has ever brought to the screen.

TV Guide
February 4, 2003
A brilliant melding of naturalistic 18th-Century backgrounds with frantic, Keystone Kops-style slapstick and silent film devices like undercranking, titles, wipes, stop-motion photography, etc.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
January 25, 2003
One of the more unusual best picture winners in all the ones that have won, it's shocking and bawdy, even by today's standards, and for that reason it remains a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Very clever precursor to the British Invasion pictures
| Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It certainly is different from every Best Picture that's come before. I'm just not sure if that's a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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