Sons and Lovers
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The Motion Picture Production Code was still in effect (albeit weakly) when Sons and Lovers was filmed in 1960, so don't expect a thoroughly frank and faithful adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel. Set in an English mining town, the film focuses on Paul Morel (Dean Stockwell), the sensitive son of a roughhewn, alcoholic miner (Trevor Howard) and his gentle, repressed wife (Wendy Hiller). Intent on becoming an artist, Paul is not above depending upon the financial kindnesses of the young women of the town. Many of the girls carry a torch for him, but his strong bonds to his mother leave… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Sons and Lovers is a well-made and conscientious adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's famed novel, smoothly directed by Jack Cardiff and superbly acted by a notable cast."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film's period details are excellent, and the direction by cinematographer-turned-director Cardiff is first rate."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Jack Clayton's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's autobiographical novel is intelligent, exquisitely shot, and well acted, if also too restrained."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A slack and superficial adaptation of Lawrence's novel."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"D.H. Lawrence has always proved a tricky test for filmmakers, but this is certainly one fo the better translations, thanks in no small part to the cinematography."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Somehow, this plainly euphemistic attitude toward Lawrence's fierce and fine account runs through the whole handsome picture and hobbles its real potential punch."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"An attractive, thoughtful adaptation of a difficult novel. Lawrence's sexual politics may have dated badly, but the cinematography and acting still exude quality."
‑ , Film4
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