The Barretts of Wimpole Street
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The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Based on a successful stage drama, this historical romance stars Norma Shearer as Elizabeth Barrett, an invalid largely confined to her bed. Elizabeth has little company beyond her dog and her obsessively protective father, Edward Moulton Barrett (Charles Laughton). Her one great passion and means of emotional escape is writing poetry, to which she devotes a large part of her days. She makes the acquaintance of fellow poet Robert Browning (Fredric March), who pays her a visit. They respect each others' literary abilities and become romantically attracted to each other. Robert asks for… More
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
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