The Winslow Boy
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England, 1912. The Winslow family arrives home from church in time for a carefully orchestrated meeting between Arthur Winslow, the proud patriarch, and John Watherstone, the young man set to marry Arthur's daughter Catherine, an ardent suffragette. As plans are made for their lives together, Arthur, his wife Grace, Catherine, her eldest brother Dickie, John, and Desmond Curry, the family lawyer and Catherine's admirer, drink Madeira in celebration of the union. Just after the family toasts, Arthur discovers that his youngest son, Ronnie, is back early from the Naval College at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An intelligent and very satisfying work of art."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The Winslow Boy might be triumph of style over substance, but sometimes, like in this case, style is what separates good from bad films."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Though Mamet has reshaped the material somewhat, this is still one of his more straightforward works; anyone expecting the twists and turns of previous Mamet movies such as 'House of Games' or 'The Spanish Prisoner' may feel slightly short-changed."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Mamet trusts in the intelligence of his audience"
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Arthur Winslow and Sir Robert Morton are as ruthless in their way as the real estate salesmen in Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross are in theirs..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"...for all the craft and care evident in Mamet's movie, it still is a rather bloodless affair, more admirable than engaging."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Intelligent characters, fully rounded characterizations, and a first rate group of actors playing with subtlety and charm."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"You might have to wait a long time before you find a film with both a family and a lawyer portrayed in such a genuine and likable way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The filmmaking seems to be stuck in 1912."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A thought-provoking and ethically charged tour de force based on Terence Rattigan's 1946 play."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Well-made play that it is, The Winslow Boy still has the capacity to engage both the mind and the heart."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
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