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

An Oscar winning adaptation of Robert Bolt's historical play of Sir Thomas More's conflict with Henry VIII, when the King proclaims himself head of the Church of England and the ensuing political and religious machinations which led… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: February 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 82% 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.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

It is profoundly stirring in its dramatic conception, appealing as it does to the mind, heart, eye and ear.

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A.D. Murphy

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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The notion that politics and religion make the worst bedfellows has never gone out of fashion -- the current pack of right-wing hyenas in Congress attest to that -- and this drama offers a peek at this oil-and-vinegar mix from a historical perspective.

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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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Moira Walsh
America Magazine

Playwright Bolt, acting as his own scenarist, and director Fred Zinnemann have done a superb job of turning the play into a movie.

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TIME Magazine

One of the most intelligent religious movies ever made.

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Tom Charity
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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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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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