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Tony Richardson's adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel was one of the most critically acclaimed and popular comedies of its time, winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film follows Tom Jones (Albert Finney), a country boy who becomes one of the wildest playboys in 18th century England, developing a ravenous taste for women, food, and rowdy adventures. Over the course of the film, Jones tries to amass his own fortune and win the heart of Sophie (Susannah York). Not only does John Osborne's Oscar-winning screenplay stay true to the tone of the novel, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"It has sex, Eastmancolor, some prime performers and plenty of action."
‑ Rich Gold, Variety
"It was always arch, overlong and uncertain of tone, but nevertheless very funny and extraordinarily bawdy."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Irreverent comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Albert Finney's performance can't stop Tom Jones from being a grainy mess."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex."
‑ Chris Willman, Los Angeles Times
"Despite the fitful energy and the beauty of the settings, the ugliness of the mise en scene and the crudity of the editing tend to triumph."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A classic not just of literary adaptation, but of the last truly adventurous era in British and European filmmaking."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"If Tom Jones now feels something of a product of its times, it still deserves credit for attempting something new."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"An enjyable adaptation (by playwright John Osborn) of Henry Fielding's famous novel about the adventures of the amorous illegit son of a servant, splendidly played by the young Albert Finney."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film is a way-out, walleyed, wonderful exercise in cinema. It is also a social satire written in blood with a broadaxe. It is bawdy as the British were bawdy when a wench had to wear five petticoats to barricade her virtue."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Osborne's courageous hatchet job on Fielding's 1,000 page classic novel and Finney's gutsy performance add up to produce an enjoyable piece of irreverent entertainment."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A lusty historical romp with a cheeky sense of humor and a rollicking energy..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"The ragbag of visual tricks turns a great novel into an entertaining but simple-minded romp."
‑ , Film4
"A brilliant melding of naturalistic 18th-Century backgrounds with frantic, Keystone Kops-style slapstick and silent film devices like undercranking, titles, wipes, stop-motion photography, etc."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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