A Man for All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Adapted by Robert Bolt and Constance Willis from Bolt's hit stage play, A Man for All Seasons stars Paul Scofield, triumphantly repeating his stage role as Sir Thomas More. The crux of the film is the staunchly Catholic More's… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: February 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Solid cinematography and enjoyable performances from Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw add a spark to this deliberately paced adaptation of the Robert Bolt play.

Pauline Kael
The New Republic

There's more than a little of the school pageant in the rhythm of the movie: Though it's all neater than our school drama coaches could make it, the figures group and say their assigned lines and move on.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Robert Bolt's boring historical drama functions best as an anthology of British acting styles, circa 1966.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

It's Scofield's picture -- his is an inspired performance of virtue with a dash of vanity.

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TIME Magazine

One of the most intelligent religious movies ever made.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Orson Welles alone relieves the boredom in a marvellous cameo as Cardinal Wolsey. If only they'd let him loose with the whole sorry history...

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Total Film

Fred Zinnemann's historical drama is the kind of authentic, stately yawner that probably wouldn't even score a greenlight today.

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A.D. Murphy
Variety

Producer-director Fred Zinnemann has blended all filmmaking elements into an excellent, handsome and stirring film version of A Man For All Seasons.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A Man for All Seasons is a picture that inspires admiration, courage and thought.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Superb movie of More's stand against Henry VIII.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is a film based on a play based on the true life story of Sir Thomas More, a staunch Catholic who was so firm in his convictions, that he became a martyr… More
Ken Stachnik
There is something oddly intreageing about this film. I normally don't enjoy this kind of thing, but I found this very entertaining. Great dialog helps… More
Bathsheba Monk
I saw this play as a kid--I was raised Catholic, so this was seen as the triumph of a martyr for his faith--and saw just last night again on DVD. It's… More
xGary Xx
Classic peiord drama/morality tale that is clearly based on a stage-play; the acting and dialogue are expertly done, but action junkies will find it rather… More
Greg S
With lawerly integrity, Sir Thomas More poltiely defies Henry VIII's increasingly threatening demands that he publically approve of Henry's divorce… More
Cameron Johnson
This sounds like some kind of a cheesy commercial trying to sell a man for any occasion, though probably mostly for labor. Ladies, if that grass has to be cut… More