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: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

"Chimes at Midnight" is one of Welles' peak achievements. Its depth of feeling seems very real, very deep indeed.

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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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Philip Concannon
The Skinny

Thrillingly alive in a way that so few screen versions of Shakespeare manage to be.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Welles's most human film, his most poignant, funny and empathetic.

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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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Geoffrey Macnab

Hal's eventual betrayal of Falstaff ("I know thee not old man") is the most poignant moment in all of Welles' movies.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

Of all the movies Welles made, it may offer the most clues to his imposing pachyderm soul.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Here is a film to treasure.

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Peter Bradshaw

Playing Falstaff might have been Welles's creative and physical destiny: in the character he found a dignity and sensuality in his, by then, overweight form. The confidence and panache of his staging is a treat.

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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
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
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
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
John Ballantine
Perhaps I was not in the mood to take in one of Shakespeare's lesser regarded works but I completely did not enjoy this Welles' masterpiece.