Henry V
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Kenneth Branagh makes his feature-film directorial debut with this adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V. After the Chorus (Derek Jacobi) introduces the play, young king of England Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) begins an angry dialogue with King Charles of France (Paul Scofield). The king's son, Dauphin (Michael Maloney), insults Henry and the argument escalates into war. In flashback, Henry is seen as a young man drinking in a tavern with Falstaff (Robbie Coltrane), Bardolph (Richard Briers), Nym (Geoffrey Hutchings), Pistol (Robert Stephens), and Mistress Quickly (Judi Dench).… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A stirring, gritty and enjoyable pic which offers a plethora of fine performances from some of the U.K.'s brightest talents."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Branagh's Henry has psychological heft and intellectual weight."
‑ Benedict Nightingale, New York Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Toward "turning many years into an hourglass," Branagh the screenwriter condenses "King Henry the Fifth," while adding in elements from the first and second parts of "King Henry the Fourth." The effect is seamless."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Good."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Straightforward, energetic and updated Bard."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The cast -- including Derek Jacobi as the modern-dress chorus, Paul Scofield, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, and Robbie Coltrane in an effective cameo as Falstaff -- is uniformly fine without any grandstanding."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"More questioning, more agonized, finally more humble."
‑ Amy E. Schwartz, Washington Post
"Like Sir Larry's, this remains Branagh's best movie and although less spirited and more actorish than its predecessor, it has a modern feel and a grittier tone to it, notably in the battle scenes."
‑ , Film4
"Shakespeare with guts, passion and spectacle"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A triumphant affirmation of Shakespeare's timeless appeal."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Branagh succeeds in his blunt, robust portrayal of the Soldier-King, hauling the film along in the wake of his own gung-ho performance."
‑ , Time Out
"Everything about this remarkable production is exhilaratingly unexpected."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"It might never be as famous as Olivier's, but it should carry considerable clout for years to come."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Empire Magazine
"A strong, fiery film so good that Branagh has virtually drawn out a fifteen-year film career from the unrepeated success of this debut."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Many fine feature film versions of Shakespeare exist. Few can match this one for raw power."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
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