A Man for All Seasons
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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 refusal to acknowledge King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw)'s break from the church to divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn (an unbilled Vanessa Redgrave). Sir Thomas willingly goes to the chopping block rather than sacrifice his ideals. Director Fred Zinnemann retains the play's verbosity without sacrificing the film's strong sense of visuals. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Pauline Kael, The New Republic
"Robert Bolt's boring historical drama functions best as an anthology of British acting styles, circa 1966."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's Scofield's picture -- his is an inspired performance of virtue with a dash of vanity."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Political, religious and personal niceties of the period are streamlined, and the movie concentrates on the impressive steadfastness of Sir Thomas More."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Zinnemann proved to be a filmmaker for all seasons."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"One of the most intelligent religious movies ever made."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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..."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Fred Zinnemann's historical drama is the kind of authentic, stately yawner that probably wouldn't even score a greenlight today."
‑ , Total Film
"The dry film, more boring than it had a right to be, nevertheless was sincere and won an Oscar for Best Picture."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Waiting for More's breaking point provides the only thread of suspense."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"Producer-director Fred Zinnemann has blended all filmmaking elements into an excellent, handsome and stirring film version of A Man For All Seasons."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"A Man for All Seasons is a picture that inspires admiration, courage and thought."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Superb movie of More's stand against Henry VIII."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Ainda que a abordagem de Zinnemann não consiga contornar a natureza essencialmente teatral do roteiro, as atuações (especialmente de Scofield, brilhante) e os diálogos absurdamente elegantes e bem construídos mantêm o filme sempre instigante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Prestigious, well turned out piece of British historical drama with enough genuine intrigue and wit to persuade some audiences they aren't watching a history lesson."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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