The Barretts of Wimpole Street
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Staying quite close to its distinguished theatrical roots, this well-wrought drama chronicles the struggle for invalid 19th-century British poet Elizabeth Barrett to get out from under the oppressive thumb of her domineering father who… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 25, 1992
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

As a film it's slow. Very. The first hour is wandering, planting-the-plot stuff that has some difficulty cementing the interest, but in the final stretch it grips and holds.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the better-known and more typical of MGM's adaptations of famous stage plays.

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Film4

A typically lush MGM production set in 19th-century London.

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Andre Sennwald
New York Times

Sidney Franklin has filmed a drama of beauty, dignity and nobility.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sidney Franklin's first version of the story is stiff and stagy, but it offers good roles for Charles Laughton as the tyrannical and abusive father and Norma Shearer as his invalid poet-daughter.

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Time Out

Slow, deliberate, dull.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

When not even Charles Laughton, playing a deranged, scarily pious, and pretty obviously incestuous domineering father can save a film, you know you have problems.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A bit on the melodramatic side but I think this was the time period that created the melodrama. Fredric March is seemingly in every film as the leading man and… More