Tom Jones 1963

Critics score:
83 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Chris Willman, Los Angeles Times: It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Prepare yourself for what is surely one of the wildest, bawdiest and funniest comedies that a refreshingly agile filmmaker has ever brought to the screen. Read more

Kate Cameron, New York Daily News: A fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek movie about an engaging foundling. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Despite the fitful energy and the beauty of the settings, the ugliness of the mise en scene and the crudity of the editing tend to triumph. Read more

Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly: While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago. Read more

TIME Magazine: The film is a way-out, walleyed, wonderful exercise in cinema. It is also a social satire written in blood with a broadaxe. It is bawdy as the British were bawdy when a wench had to wear five petticoats to barricade her virtue. Read more

Robert Murphy, Time Out: Osborne's courageous hatchet job on Fielding's 1,000 page classic novel and Finney's gutsy performance add up to produce an enjoyable piece of irreverent entertainment. Read more

Rich Gold, Variety: It has sex, Eastmancolor, some prime performers and plenty of action. Read more