The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
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 sternly opposes her budding romance with the sensitive Robert Browning who is also a poet. Poor Elizabeth must spend most of her time alone in her room. Her only companionship comes from her faithful dog and her poems. Meanwhile, Robert fights with her father for the right to be with his lady love.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the better-known and more typical of MGM's adaptations of famous stage plays."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A typically lush MGM production set in 19th-century London."
‑ , Film4
"Sidney Franklin has filmed a drama of beauty, dignity and nobility."
‑ Andre Sennwald, New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Slow, deliberate, dull."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
More reviews for The Barretts of Wimpole Street on Rotten Tomatoes