Chimes at Midnight
Chimes at Midnight (1965)

The legendary Shakespearean character Sir John Falstaff, the notoriously drunken, obese, and yet charming companion of the young Henry V, steps up from supporting character in several plays to the central focus of Orson Welles' Chimes… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 22, 1965
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pauline Kael
The New Republic

It takes large latent talent to tell the audience that you know that what you're doing isn't worth doing and still do it better than anyone else in the movie.

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Time Out

Welles waddles through the foreground with an eye on his own problems of patronage, while behind the camera he conjures a dark masterpiece, shot through with slapstick and sorrow.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Top-notch Shakespeare and top-notch filmmaking, a rare combination that, when it works, is like nothing else in the whole world.

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Variety Staff

A personal viewpoint, it mixes the grotesque, bawdy, comic and heroic, and does have a melancholy under its carousing and battles.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Evidently Mr. Welles's reading of Falstaff ranges between a farcical concept of him and a mawkish, sentimental attitude.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Despite its many faults, it deserves to be seen.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Here is a film to treasure.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The one Welles film that deserves to be called lovely.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Perhaps the only one of Welles' films that can really give Citizen Kane a run for its money as the filmmaker's finest work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Stephen M
Considering that just about everything Orson Welles directed after "Citizen Kane" was compromised by studio interference and/or budgetary constraints,… More
Simeon Deutsch
Visually stupendous exercise from Orson Welles that should be at the front line of Great Movies next to his other masterpieces. I'm not a huge Shakespeare… More
Stella Dallas
magnificent. the finest shakespeare adaptation i've seen with one of the finest battle scenes ever filmed! absolutely breathtaking. it's criminal… More
Mike T.
Complaints about low-quality dubbing seem unfair in the face of such stunning images and inspired direction. Orson Welles' vision is strange, powerful and… More