Cool Hand Luke 1967

Critics score:
100 / 100

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Bosley Crowther, New York Times: That traditional object of sorrow and compassion in American folk song and lore, the chain-gang prisoner, is given as strong a presentation as ever he has had on the screen. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Stuart Rosenberg's direction is a horror, but the cast teems with so many familiar faces that this 1967 film can't help but entertain. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It's as fresh and effective in 2004 as it was in 1967. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A tough, honest film with backbone. Read more

TIME Magazine: A picture of chilling dramatic power. Read more

Tom Milne, Time Out: A caustically witty look at the American South and its still-surviving chain gangs, with Newman in fine sardonic form as the boss-baiter who refuses to submit and becomes a hero to his fellow-prisoners. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Newman gives an excellent performance, assisted by a terriffic supporting cast, including George Kennedy, outstanding as the unofficial leader of the cons who yields first place to Newman. Read more