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The Lion in Winter 1968

Critics score:
90 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

TIME Magazine: Henry and Eleanor are reduced to a TV-sized version of the sovereigns next door, their epic struggle shrunk to sitcom squabbles. Read more

Renata Adler, New York Times: ...outdoorsy and fun, full of the kind of plotting and action people used to go to just plain movies for. Read more

Don Druker, Chicago Reader: James Goldman's screenplay, so chic and sophisticated to the ears of suburbanites, is chock-full of the worst kind of sophomoric fiddling with what Goldman takes to be genuine highfalutin lingo. Read more

Mark Bourne, Director Anthony Harvey opened up Goldman's play into authentic spaces far from any proscenium, and remained faithful to an energetic drama propelled by its performances and dialogue. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: One of the joys which movies provide too rarely is the opportunity to see a literate script handled intelligently. The Lion in Winter triumphs at that difficult task... Read more

Rod McShane, Time Out: Harvey's direction is intelligent enough, though the reduction of power struggles to fits of personal pique -- where the fate of nations hangs in the balance -- becomes a little irritating. Enjoyable for its two lead performances, however. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: An intense, fierce, personal drama put across by outstanding performances of Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn. Read more

Martie Zad, Washington Post: One of the most revered films of all time...with hallmark performances from Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn and the film debuts of Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Terry and John Castle. Read more