Hobson's Choice
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A "Hobson's Choice," as any slang expert will tell you, is no choice at all. In this 1953 filmization of Harold Brighouse's 1915 play Hobson's Choice, hero John Mills finds after several reels of evidence to the contrary that he does have a choice over how he'll conduct his life after all. Mills is the assistant to domineering boot-shop owner Charles Laughton, who lords it over his employees and three daughters by day, then tumbles through the streets on many a drunken evening. Laughton's "old-maid" daughter Brenda DeBanzie breaks free of her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hobson's Choice is a cheerful little slice of death, warmed over and served with some lively comic sauces by Producer-Director David Lean and Actor Charles Laughton."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Lean's sharp direction and impeccable performances all round transform a slight comedy into a timeless delight."
‑ , Time Out
"David Lean minor classic that has grown in stature over last five decades."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Though Lean's direction is indeed too heavy and careful to give way to much laughter, he has a secret weapon here: Charles Laughton."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Laughton is marvelous in this wry comedy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Although Laughton richly overplays every major scene, his performance remains one of the film's highlights."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"David Lean directed, with wit and tact."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Lean's splendid frames specifically work to show the high and low status of a social grid."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"A pure joy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Flavoursome period charmer and a lovely, memorable performance from Mills."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A delightful and rewarding British film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"If your drunken buffoon tolerance is higher than mine, you will probably be more kindly disposed towards the film."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"makes everything old seem brilliantly and often hilariously new"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Hobson's Choice is a crisply directed comedy of lively and quirky characters in a vivid world of social snobbery and working-class life..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"So much of what makes Hobson's Choice work, however, is Lean's filmmaking craftsmanship. I do not believe there's a single throwaway shot in the film.."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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