Far From the Madding Crowd
Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

This 1967 version of Thomas Hardy's novel should have done better at the box office than it did, given the star power of Julie Christie and the visual and aural fidelity to its source material. Julie Christie plays Bathsheba Everdene, a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

One of the most entrancing and elemental landscape films ever shot in these isles.

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Variety Staff

Christie has few real opportunities to branch out of her rather muted and pouty lead.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Splendidly lusty fare, its feet deep in the mud of the English countryside, its head in the lens-flared glare of a dreamy tragi-romantic sky.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Thomas Hardy was not the most dynamic novelist in English literature, but this sluggish 1967 film still does him a serious disservice.

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Phil Hardy
Time Out

Another classic bites the dust.

Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Mostly this is a triumph ...

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TIME Magazine

[Schlesinger] displays the best sense of Victorian time and place since David Lean in Great Expectations.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Pictorially excessive but dramatically barren.

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Mike McCahill
Daily Telegraph

Everything in this extraordinary evocation of island life is seasonal; these folk, their affections and fortunes, shift with the winds and tides.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Absolutely gorgeous version of the Hardy classic, with some captivating scenes particularly the storm sequence. Some of the top talent of the acting world of… More
Red Lats
Typical Thomas Hardy - painful love stories. In "Far From the Madding Crowd", Julie Christie's character captivates one character after another… More
Randy Tippy
Hardy's novel is brought to life with passion and flair.
Eric Broome
The costumes and scenery of this romantic saga are wonderful, and the direction is impeccable (John Schlesinger, with help from cinematographer Nicolas Roeg).… More
William Dunmyer
John Schlesinger's surprisingly dull three-hour epic "Far From the Madding Crowd" is not so much a movie as a TV mini-series. It is grandly… More
Dimitris Springer
The English can do no wrong.A rising star sitting in the director's chair having 4 future giants in front of the camera,deliberately tarnished… More