To Kill A Mockingbird
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To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"To Kill a Mockingbird is a time capsule, preserving hopes and sentiments from a kinder, gentler, more naive America."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Minor shortcomings in a rewarding film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"I got so much more from this story as an adult, and it's a shame that my adolescent stubbornness kept me from the movie for so many years."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"One of Hollywood's finest achievements, To Kill A Mockingbird is truly timeless."
‑ , Film4
"So much of the novel's reckless atmosphere is missing..."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Harper Lee's child's-eye view of southern bigotry gains something in its translation to the screen by Robert Mulligan, who knows exactly where to place the camera to catch a child's subjective experience."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Universally recognized as a classic, and the label is well deserved."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Because the story is related through young Scout and Jem, that childhood wonder and fear is never close behind."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Since its release, this intelligent, atmospheric film has been warmly received by audiences responding not only to their own childhood, but also to the heroic image portrayed by Peck, a shining example of citizenship and affectionate fatherhood."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Gregory Peck is ideal casting as Atticus, for his Lincoln-like integrity and intelligence perfectly serve the role."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"This one is always just off the boil."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Harper Lee's highly regarded first novel has been artfully and delicately translated to the screen."
‑ , Variety
"One of those rare instances when a movie perfectly captures the essence of its source material without compromising it in any way."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A terrific central performance by Gregory Peck makes for an outstanding big screen adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Uneven film whose strong point is anti-racism."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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