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Lightning steadfastly refused to strike twice for the director/actor team of Alexander Korda and Charles Laughton. Though the pair had scored an international success with the 1933 quasi-biopic The Private Life of Henry VIII, they couldn't make the magic happen again with 1936's Rembrandt. Laughton's performance is solid throughout, and Korda's recreation of Rembrandt's Holland is meticulous, but the film suffers from a lack of overall dramatic tension. Except for his artistic achievements and the deaths of his two wives, nothing really "happens" to Rembrandt--at… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A marvelously spirited and subtle performance by Charles Laughton, as the great 17th-century Dutch painter."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Alexander Korda's] direction tends to be stiff and stagy but he showcases his magnificent sets and costumes and his detailed period recreations beautifully."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Largely a basic biopic -- a solid, often stylish and very good-looking biopic, but a biopic all the same."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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