Lord Jim
Lord Jim (1965)

Joseph Conrad's cerebral, philosophical novel Lord Jim is streamlined and simplified by producer/director/writer Richard Brooks for the action-and-adventure crowd. Peter O'Toole plays the first officer of a tramp steamer, who,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 25, 1965
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Brooks, while capturing the spirit of adventure of the novel, only superficially catches the inner emotional and spiritual conflict of its hero.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Joseph Conrad's elaborately structured fiction poses monstrous problems for film adaptation, and the solution proposed here by Richard Brooks -- plodding literal-mindedness -- doesn't come close to working.

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Epic in ambition, awful in delivery.

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Time Out

Brooks' adaptation of Conrad's novel is immeasurably better than its reputation.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

At best, it only resembles Conrad's 1900 novel.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A great O'Toole performance can't quite save this ponderous film.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Something bewildering has happened in Richard Brooks's making of it, and it misses at being either Conrad or sheer entertainment cinema.

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TV Guide

This stunningly exotic film of Conrad's classic features O'Toole in the title role.

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Pretentious, complex and overlong, O'Toole's one note performance is irritating and too earnest.

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jay nixon
Colorful but far too long drama with great cast but it has several dull patches.