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Victim Reviews

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May 6, 2006
The performances, on the other hand, have a definite passion. Dirk Bogarde suggests the anguish of the "uncommitted" homosexual with sincerity and restraint -- this is his best work in years.
February 6, 2013
The intensity of Bogarde's performance, not least where he confesses to wife Sylvia Syms his homosexual desires, transcends the film's well-intentioned cautiousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2004
Recent critics find Victim timid in its treatment of homosexuality, but viewed in the context of Great Britain in 1961, it's a film of courage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 12, 2014
Though a tad dated and tame by today's standards, this 1961 drama was not only ground-breaking in its depiction of homosexuality, but it also marked the occasion when Dirk Bogarde broke free from his popular matinée idol image.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2009
Bogarde is subtle, sensitive and strong. Syms handles a difficult role with delicacy.
June 26, 2003
Shot in widescreen black and white, Victim is an exceptionally well-produced film with bracing contrast in its dark shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2017
The film's presentation of sexual oppression remains shockingly relevant to this day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 13, 2011
... a startlingly handsome feature with a theatrical flair and a shadow of a crime thriller running through it.
June 18, 2011
Moralistic thriller with a sincere plea for Great Britain to end its oppressive law that makes it a criminal offense to be a homosexual.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 13, 2015
[Victim] is a snapshot of social history that has dated in the past 40 years. But it is well worth watching for Dirk Bogarde's superb performance.
January 26, 2006
There are many pleasures to be found in the quirky supporting cast, expressive, noir-style lighting and an effectively suspenseful opening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2013
Impeccably liberal, weirdly restrained and, aside from anything else, a fascinating historical document.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
One can only hope this re-release awakens people to the true power of Basil Dearden's film and the extraordinary bravery of Dirk Bogarde's performance.
February 6, 2013
If it now appears quaintly old-fashioned in its attitudes and assumptions, it still impresses thanks to Dirk Bogarde's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 18, 2017
It's a strenuously well-meaning, often chewy, sometimes stilted drama about a plummy London barrister's attempt to expose the criminals blackmailing a young gay man with whom he had a brief 'association'.
June 23, 2003
Groundbreaking, yes, but not as important as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
March 28, 2003
The wealth of detail about gay life at the time and the often adverse public perception of homosexual behavior ensures Victim's lasting fascination as a social document.
May 9, 2005
The very fact that homosexuality as a condition is presented honestly and unsensationally, with due regard for the dilemma and the pathos, makes this an extraordinary film.
July 17, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2013
What a gripping film -- melodramatic and self-conscious, yes, but forthright and bold.
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