Equus (1977)

Richard Burton plays a psychiatrist who attempts to discover why young Peter Firth has taken to mutilating live horses. In probing Firth's psyche, Burton discovers that the source of the boy's obsession is his mother, Joan… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Sidney Lumet's handling of the material doesn't miss a beat; the only real trace of an encroaching staginess can be found in some of Dysart's lengthy monologues.

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Cole Smithey

Thanks Sidney.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An illuminating parable about the human condition, giving voice to the yearning we all have for some kind of religious experience.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A compelling thriller.

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Emanuel Levy

The acting of Richard Burton and Peter Firth in their Oscar-nominated turns is good, but writer Shaffer and Sidney Lumet can't really open up the play

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

he center of the film is still grandiose acting and tons of over-reaching self-revelation, and it ends up feeling awkward and unsteady on the screen

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

Sidney Lumet was just the right director for Equus, and just the wrong one.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Pretty much fails as film; the play's really the thing

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Interesting, well acted but extremely grim. There's the feeling that a good deal of subtext was removed because of the times in which it was made. A prime… More
John Ballantine
Equus is one of the weirdest things ever to enter our lives. It's disturbing and quite frankly...not terribly insightful..in the film or stage version.
Alice Shen
Peter Firth's performance definitely beat Daniel Radcliffe's one-note angst, but as a film, I don't think the story works. The climactic scenes… More
Robert Brogan
Equus is very well-acted, well-directed, and well-written. I feel as though I should be rating it higher. But it is also a very British film and very much a… More
Cameron Johnson
"I don't always watch movies, but when I do, I prefer 'Equus'". Oh, that must not be the most interesting man in the world after all,… More
Mike T.
An unnerving, intellectual character piece whose powerfully disturbing nature outweighs its small flaws. The acting from everyone involved in this film is… More