Chimes at Midnight
Chimes at Midnight (1965)

In this memorable adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, the friendship between the rogue Falstaff and the wild Prince Hal is fated to end when the young man gives up his dissolute life and assumes the throne England after… 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: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Welles' vision and imagination is unmatched in film. His use of light in a forbidding, dark castle is a wonder.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

See it on the big screen if you can; for all of its flaws it's a glory.

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Paul Gilbert
The Young Folks

Chimes at Midnight is a testament to an artistic survivalist and a statement to the world then and now. Great art and artists will always find a way.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Thanks to an astonishingly crisp restoration, Orson Welles' 1965 Shakespearean masterpiece can now be appreciated by anyone who thought his best days behind the camera ended with Touch of Evil.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

The best and most touchingly personal of all Shakespeare adaptations, Chimes At Midnight is pervaded by melancholy and loneliness, even though its characters are almost seen never alone.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Shakespeare's Falstaff, the drunken, ne'er-do-well cohort of a future king, as played by Orson Welles, in one the director's finest later works.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Quite likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever.

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Bob Mondello
NPR

Sprawling, and hugely ambitious, and containing a glorious Wellesian Falstaff who's as majestic in folly as he is in girth.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Like its central figure, and like the director and his oeuvre, the film has its flaws but they are to be overlooked in consideration of the whole package and the heart: were it otherwise, none should 'scape whipping.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% 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.