Lord Jim
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Joseph Conrad's cerebral, philosophical novel Lord Jim is streamlined and simplified by producer/director/writer Richard Brooks for the action-and-adventure crowd. Peter O'Toole plays the first officer of a tramp steamer, who, during a hurricane, cravenly abandons ship, leaving the passengers to drown. Disgraced, O'Toole seeks out ways to redeem himself--not only in the eyes of the British maritime commission, but in his own eyes. He signs on to deliver a shipment of dynamite to a tribe of natives somewhere in the uncharted Orient. He also joins the natives' fight against… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

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"Brooks, while capturing the spirit of adventure of the novel, only superficially catches the inner emotional and spiritual conflict of its hero."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Joseph Conrad's elaborately structured fiction poses monstrous problems for film adaptation, and the solution proposed here by Richard Brooks -- plodding literal-mindedness -- doesn't come close to working."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Epic in ambition, awful in delivery."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"Brooks' adaptation of Conrad's novel is immeasurably better than its reputation."
‑ , Time Out
"At best, it only resembles Conrad's 1900 novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A great O'Toole performance can't quite save this ponderous film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Something bewildering has happened in Richard Brooks's making of it, and it misses at being either Conrad or sheer entertainment cinema."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This stunningly exotic film of Conrad's classic features O'Toole in the title role."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Pretentious, complex and overlong, O'Toole's one note performance is irritating and too earnest."
‑ , Film4
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