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Ratings & Reviews

  1. SpacePirate's rating of the film Bardelys the Magnificent

    The action scenes are a bit of a misfire, but this is a solid Vidor entry with Gilbert showing off his ease at playing the leading man. He was in a rarefied class in the era, along with Barrymore and Fairbanks, and is instantly likable once onscreen. Vidor & Gilbert did better w/ Big Parade, but this is a good period piece. D'Arcy plays the contemptible cad with aplomb. Good silent, thought lost but found. 3.5 stars

  2. msmichel's rating of the film Bardelys the Magnificent

    Fantastic John Gilbert vehicle from director King Vidor. A womanizer takes a bet to woo the daughter of a possible traitor to the king and takes on the identity of a dead rebel only to regret it. Gilbert is dynamic here giving a performance of note while delivering on the swashbuckling nature of the genre as well. The action set piece set around an execution holds up brilliantly even 90 years later. Worth a watch.

  3. hideloveaway's rating of the film Bardelys the Magnificent

    There is just something about John Gilbert.

  4. El Biffo's rating of the film Bardelys the Magnificent

    Drags a bit in the middle but picks up again at the end. Gilbert is very good. 3.4 stars.

  5. Weston Campbell's rating of the film Bardelys the Magnificent

    Relatively playful plot for the genre, some great action sequences toward the end.

  6. JM's rating of the film Bardelys the Magnificent

    John Gilbert is completely magnetic and steps out of his dated troupe to capture the viewer's heart.

  7. David Fiore's rating of the film Bardelys the Magnificent

    here's my take on this rather uncharacteristic Vidor film: http://anagramsci.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/of-deeds-to-selves-and-derring-do-genre-and-agency-in-king-vidors-bardelys-the-magnificent/

  8. Roscoe's rating of the film Bardelys the Magnificent

    Great fun. Gilbert's light touch was never put to better use -- he's immensely appealing here. As tasty as it is, it has to be admitted that it strains a bit when it goes for some Fairbanksian acrobatics that just don't really come off, but that's a quibble. Watch and enjoy.