The Brothers Karamazov
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The Brothers Karamazov
Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov is given a Hollywood screen treatment by producer Pandro S. Berman and director Richard Brooks. Yul Brynner plays Dmitri Karamazov, a callous Russian officer who cuckolds his domineering father (Lee J. Cobb) with the old man's mistress Grushenka (Maria Schell). Richard Basehart is Dmitri's intellectual brother Ivan, while William Shatner is the pious Alexey Karamazov; both men eventually enjoy the attentions of the willing Grushenka. The Karamazovs' half-brother is Smedyakov (Albert Salmi), an epileptic whose purpose in the story is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bold handling of crude unbridled passion, of violently conflicting ideas, and of earthy humor makes up The Brothers Karamazov."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"While not as terrible as his subsequent adaptation of Lord Jim, this 1958 Hollywoodization of the Dostoyevsky novel by writer-director Richard Brooks is pretty grotesque all the same."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"When the acting's good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it's laughable and director Brooks' attempts at injecting Slavic intensity misfire badly sometimes."
‑ , Film4
"Very uncertain in period and atmosphere, and saddled with some terrible performances."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"I would avoid this film as readily as one avoids Siberia."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Conspicuous assets are the striking color photography and the musical score, both of which help a great deal in enhancing the drama's savage and soulful moods."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The film feels like 'Classics Comics' instead of a classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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