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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film Richard III

    What a fabbo film of fabbo Will's fabbo play. Lots of words cut out, but the play was always a bit too wordy anyway. In Glorious VistaVision! Olivier knocks the socks off every other actor in the English-speaking word and the USA as well. The only negative is the battle scene at the end: all right, the Battle of Bosworth was fought in August, but since when did High Summer in England look like a Spanish... (cont.)

  2. Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film Richard III

    Laurence Olivier do a tour de force as both Richard III and as a visual director with this beautiful Technicolor Shakespeare drama topped with quality support.

  3. Django's rating of the film Richard III

    I can't give more than three stars because to me the Great Man is not a very good film actor. His performances are overly broad for the big screen and his "technique" always shines through. These facts are never more in evidence than in this film. I am, admittedly, in the minority in this assessment but there you have it.

  4. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film Richard III

  5. thejslewis's rating of the film Richard III

    This original "Game of Thrones" adapted Shakespeare's play to the screen for the first time with director Laurence Olivier relishing the title role. Richard's conniving concoctions are a pleasure to see play out as characters are dispatched in diverse yet artful manners. John McCorry worked overtime in ornamenting the cast, arranged like flowers in this Technicolor framing.

  6. Jack Hoehn's rating of the film Richard III

    The tension between Olivier's villainous performance and the fairy-tale style sets and costumes and technicolor cinematography makes for a deeply unsettling experience

  7. Helder Costa's rating of the film Richard III

    Shakespeare's top villain found in Laurence Olivier's performance another powerfull adversary to his reputation, which is just an add on reason to spend two and a half gripping hours with England's greatest writer, actor and presumed villain.

  8. Louise_Dietrich's rating of the film Richard III

    It is no Hamlet that is for sure.

  9. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Richard III

    Despite taking out the character of Margaret, this Technicolor wonder has a great performance (with real injured limp) by Olivier that is a very convincing Richard.

  10. SALESK's rating of the film Richard III

    Works best when Olivier is conniving straight down the pipe, but falls apart a bit in the climactic battle when the audience's intimacy w/Richard is betrayed for sword & horse (a kingdom for!) spectacle. Still, Olivier is the best--not that the supporting cast is anything to sneeze at. Olivier's direction is intuitive & graceful; set & costume design all technicolor exaggeration & stylized surrealism.

  11. Kenji's rating of the film Richard III

    A weaker film than Olivier's Henry V and Hamlet, but at least we have the evil Richard that the current Ricardian propagandists want made a saint. "Foul devil, for God's sake, hence, and trouble us not; For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell, Fill'd it with cursing cries and deep exclaims. .. Either heaven with lightning strike the murderer dead, Or earth, gape open wide and eat him quick."