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10,577 Ratings

Barry Lyndon

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United Kingdom, 1975


In 18th Century Europe, a charming Irish rogue eager for the wealth and privilege of nobility sets about climbing the social ladder in order to get what he wants, facing many setbacks along the way.

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Barry Lyndon Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1976 | 4 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

1976 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

What are people saying?

  • José Neves's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    re-rating. One of the most monotonously repeated axioms in film concerns Kubrick's supposed genius, a filmmaker that from the totalitarian "2001", dedicated himself to do "definitive" genre films. This is The Historical, full of writing's pleonasms and self-inflate uneven reframing zooms, with a matte light loaded with shine. On top, an omnipresent soundtrack in search of the prestigious. Academicism, where art thou?

  • Lintang A.'s rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    "Barry Lyndon is", amidst Kubricks' many masterpieces, a film so easily dismissed due to length and the fact that it is overshadowed by others, but I deeply recommend this film to anyone who would like to see a film both for the plot line, the story and the pure enjoyment of the images presented. My fav's Kubrick's works so far

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    The loneliness of the long distance social climber, circa the madness of King George, is rendered against classically Kubrickian tableaux of frozen splendor, as sumptuous as any the director ever produced, but no less frigid for it. This is brutally psychology-free history, rich in its variations on venal ambition and preposterous affectation, emphatically emptied out of meaning and consolation.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    In what is perhaps my favorite of his work, Kubrick paints a touching, but objective, canvas of 18th Century European society and it's relation, or lack there of, with life and death. This was the first time I noticed how Kubrick's style, despite how Avant-garde it may seem, is deeply routed in silent cinema as exemplified by his use of music as a complement rather than as it's own element. A Melancholic masterpiece.

  • T. J. Harman's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    Doesn't get as much love as it deserves. Excluding his films with Peter Sellers and the first half of FMJ, this is one of Kubrick's funniest films IMHO (funny in a deadpan way like in parts of Cohen bros films that aren't technically comedies). As far as period detail, I like to think Kubrick boned up on Visconti's historical films before taking this on.

  • Amadeus Magnus's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    Kubrick's best as a storyteller. As a costume drama, the film is similar to Amadeus with its cinematography and music. O'Neal's Lyndon performance is surprisingly unique. I wish it could tell Ludwig's story.

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    Episodic, detached, and experimental. Kubrick's approach is a unique one that offers a new experience. It does not idealize the time period, as some films have, but offers a rather objective view of Barry Lyndon's life. There are moments that surprise simply because one would never imagine a fight between two gentlemen in full costume in front of 18th c. nobility. It's cold, but affecting.

  • Howard Orr's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    I love many of Kubrick's film, but Barry Lyndon seems to me a film constantly weighed down by its quest for pictorial perfection. Whenever I watch it, I can always see tense crew members just out of shot in this, the umpteenth take, chewing their nails hoping "*please* this time, please nothing go wrong". I don't think films should be like that.