Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon (1975)

Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, Barry Lyndon tells the complex and subtle story of a sensitive, intelligent and ambitious man trapped in a society which has no use for him. Despite the obstacle of his Irish… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wally Hammond
Time Out

One of cinema's most heartfelt and sustained (it runs over three hours), if cynical, visions of an individual's powerlessness.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

All of Stanley Kubrick's features look better now than when they were first released, but Barry Lyndon, which fared poorly at the box office in 1975, remains his most underrated. It may also be his greatest.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the most graphically-driven, purely audio-visual of all nominally narrative motion pictures.

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice

Stanley Kubrick's magisterial Thackeray adaptation now stands as one of his greatest and most savagely ironic films, not to mention one of the few period pieces on celluloid so transporting that it seems to predate the invention of cameras.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Barry Lyndon isn't a great success, and it's not a great entertainment, but it's a great example of directorial vision: Kubrick saying he's going to make this material function as an illustration of the way he sees the world.

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Josh Larsen

...the point at which Kubrick's black humor crosses over into blatant parody.

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Ryan O'Neal's excellent performance captures the shallow opportunism endemic to the title character who is brought down as much by his own flaws as by the mores of the ordered social structure of 18th-century England.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The loveliest of Stanley Kubrick films. Indeed, Barry Lyndon is the one Kubrick movie that could even invite that adjective (or epithet).

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Simon Miraudo

Clichťs are affirmed and words proven inadequate when you're actually confronted with the beauty of the thing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A fabulous picaresque tale, satirical and tragic, in which we see Kubrick make every splendid shot look like an authentic 18th-century painting while utilizing… More
Dan Schultz
A sprawling, flawed, but still ultimately successful epic about a drifter (Ryan O'Neal) in the 18th century who goes from poverty to riches after serving… More
Christian C
My favorite Kubrick film by far. Epic story with fine costumes and sets -- and a soundtrack to die for.
Graham Jones
One of the greatest period pieces, this is Kubrick's most underrated
Daniel Lermenator
Barry Lyndon is a fantastic epic helmed by Stanley Kubrick that boasts great performances and revolutionary and beautiful direction.
Jonathan Hutchings
Is anyone better at skewering bourgeois culture and plumbing the depths of the inevitability of loss?

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