Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon (1975)

Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, this film tells the complex story of a sensitive, intelligent, and ambitious man trapped in a society which has no use for him. Despite the obstacle of his Irish birth, Raymond… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cynical, ironic, and suffused with seductive natural lighting, Barry Lyndon is a complex character piece of a hapless man doomed by Georgian society.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The great director's least satisfying, most disconcerting film - and that's what makes it extraordinary.

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Ryan O'Neal's excellent performance captures the shallow opportunism endemic to the title character who is brought down as much by his own flaws as by the mores of the ordered social structure of 18th-century England.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

The expressive authority of Kubrick's direction is breathtaking.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

One of cinema's most heartfelt and sustained (it runs over three hours), if cynical, visions of an individual's powerlessness.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

All of Stanley Kubrick's features look better now than when they were first released, but Barry Lyndon, which fared poorly at the box office in 1975, remains his most underrated. It may also be his greatest.

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Olly Richards
Sunday Times (UK)

It's gorgeous to look at, with its reverse zooms that slowly widen to stunning rural panoramas, its beautiful framing, its delight in decorative detail. You feel you are watching a masterclass in how to recreate the look and feel of the late 18th century.

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice

Stanley Kubrick's magisterial Thackeray adaptation now stands as one of his greatest and most savagely ironic films, not to mention one of the few period pieces on celluloid so transporting that it seems to predate the invention of cameras.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Barry Lyndon isn't a great success, and it's not a great entertainment, but it's a great example of directorial vision: Kubrick saying he's going to make this material function as an illustration of the way he sees the world.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

This is a period film like no other, a slow but utterly hypnotic tale of an Irish youth whose adventures and misfortunes take in the Seven Years' War, the gambling clubs of Europe and marriage into the English aristocracy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A fabulous picaresque tale - satirical and tragic - in which we see Kubrick make every splendid shot look like an authentic 18th-century painting while using a… More
Dan Schultz
A sprawling, flawed, but still ultimately successful epic about a drifter (Ryan O'Neal) in the 18th century who goes from poverty to riches after serving… More
Christian C
My favorite Kubrick film by far. Epic story with fine costumes and sets -- and a soundtrack to die for.
Graham Jones
One of the greatest period pieces, this is Kubrick's most underrated
Daniel Lermenator
Barry Lyndon is a fantastic epic helmed by Stanley Kubrick that boasts great performances and revolutionary and beautiful direction.
Jonathan Hutchings
Is anyone better at skewering bourgeois culture and plumbing the depths of the inevitability of loss?