Under the Volcano Reviews

January 30, 2019
There are nips of beauty and terror, but the movie starts small and then shrinks.
March 8, 2008
November 8, 2007
Succeeds in capturing the novel's sense of doom and gets a tour de force performance from Albert Finney.
October 29, 2007
John Huston's version of Malcolm Lowry's dense, poetic unfilmable book is ambitious but only semi-effective in conveying this cult novel's tone; it's ultimately saved by the towering performance of Albert Finney as the alcoholic self-destructive consul
October 23, 2007
The result is very much worth the wait, bringing to life the mysticism of Mexico with a superb script by Guy Gallo, exquisite photography, and the unparalleled performance by Finney.
October 23, 2007
Although this voyage into self-destruction won't be to the taste of many, there will be few unmoved by Finney's towering performance as the tragic Britisher.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Not for the purists, maybe, but the last half-hour, as Firmin plunges ever deeper into his self-created hell, leaves one shell-shocked.
October 8, 2005
June 23, 2005
October 23, 2004
The movie belongs to Finney, but mention must be made of Jacqueline Bisset as his wife and Anthony Andrews as his half-brother.
January 23, 2004
July 23, 2003
Captures and conveys the hot music of what some literary critics have called the greatest religious novel of the twentieth century
May 24, 2003
A supremely difficult book becomes an easy film, and struggles hard to find a reason to exist.
May 20, 2003
Daring as it is to have brought Under the Volcano to the screen in this faithful but incomplete form, Mr. Huston has done so without making compromises in the process.
November 13, 2002
July 30, 2002
January 1, 2000
As the tortured consul, Albert Finney has moments of technical brilliance, but Huston's direction gives him no inner life.