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Withnail and I Reviews

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film
September 30, 2014
A career high for all concerned, including '80s British cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
November 12, 2010
Perhaps Britain's most beloved cult film, Bruce Robinson's 1986 semi-autobiographical dark comedy is an obsessively observed character study.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 29, 2010
One of the funniest elements of Withnail & I is that it concerns three varieties of drama queen: the flamboyantly dark-minded Withnail; neurotic, ill-equipped Marwood, and the larger-than-life Monty. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
April 7, 2010
Has a particularly rabid following. Maybe one has to be English to really understand why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 18, 2007
A defining rites-of-passage classic film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Bradshaw
September 10, 2007
It's much funnier, and sadder, watched stone-cold sober.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
September 10, 2007
A hilarious black comedy and already something of a cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
September 10, 2007
Set in 1969 England, it portrays the last throes of a friendship mirroring the seedy demise of the hippie period, delivering some comic gems along the way.
Xan Brooks
September 8, 2007
It is at once a coming-of-age comedy and a fond farewell to an era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times
September 7, 2007
A modern classic? A brilliant vignette of a certain time and attitudes? A self-indulgent jeu d'esprit? One thing is certain: Richard E. Grant touched greatness.
September 7, 2007
The best British comedy ever made? Possibly. A masterpiece? Unquestionably.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
September 7, 2007
Has any screenplay combined so many quotable lines with such tear-jerking pathos or blatant homophobia?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
It's hilarious in a kind of off-beat, sideways sort of manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A biting script from writer-director Bruce Robinson and performances from Richard E Grant and Paul McGann as two 'resting' actors, Withnail and 'I', that neither has surpassed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 11, 2004
Arch, smug, exquisitely British, and truly hilarious.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 11, 2002
Wonderfully funny, bitterly sad film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nev Pierce
November 3, 2001
Grant - a teetotaller - delivers the performance of his life as the doomed thesp, whether it be demanding the "finest wines available to humanity", downing lighter fluid, or feeling like a pig shat in his head.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 1, 2001
a wonderfully written bit, more literary than cinematic, and the movie chugs forward on the sheer strength of its dialogue and performers
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Best known for launching the underexposed Grant's career. And for being severely overrated.
| Original Score: 3.5/5

August 23, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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