Under the Volcano - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Under the Volcano Reviews

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October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
As the tortured consul, Albert Finney has moments of technical brilliance, but Huston's direction gives him no inner life.
June 23, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2003
A supremely difficult book becomes an easy film, and struggles hard to find a reason to exist.
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
November 13, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 23, 2003
Captures and conveys the hot music of what some literary critics have called the greatest religious novel of the twentieth century
November 8, 2007
Succeeds in capturing the novel's sense of doom and gets a tour de force performance from Albert Finney.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 23, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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