Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies (1963)

Peter Brooks' big-screen adaptation of William Golding's classic Lord of the Flies adheres closely to the source material. After a plane accident, 30 school-age boys find themselves stranded on an island. The boys decide that the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 13, 1963
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2000
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

For all that time has changed the way it fits into the world, Lord Of The Flies remains as important today as it was in 1963. The quality of the restored version is excellent. Don't wait too long to see it.

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J.C. Mašek III

there is no Swiss Family Robinson, Gilligan's Island or even Lost underlying positive feeling in Lord of the Flies. Brooks (after Golding) shoots for a pessimistic theme even colder than that of Conrad's Hearts of Darkness.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The brute simplicity of Golding's dark adventure story is almost perfectly captured in Peter Brook's film adaption.

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Christopher Machell

Though the boys' savagery may well be inherent, the forms of their mischief ( ... ) all stem from systems of behaviour with which they are intimately familiar.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

No matter how many years one is removed from the reading of Golding's book for school, its portrait of youth gone wild remains burned in the brain, and a viewing of Brook's cinematic take only serves to bring those thoughts to the surface once again.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Brook's adaptation is an encroaching nightmare of innocence lost, following Golding's thesis about what happens when civilization breaks down and man's true nature is revealed.

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Courtney Button

The ideas and plotting of Golding's novel shines through, but this adaptation fails to find its power as it feels the need to rush through to the end.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

While showing great fidelity to his source, Brook succeeded in delivering a version of Lord of the Flies that could best be described as psychological horror... [Blu-ray]

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Book-based classic can be scary and troubling in places.

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Daniel Mumby
The ideas and imagery of Lord of the Flies have become so deeply engrained in our culture that it would be very easy to accuse any film version of skimming the… More
Luke Baldock
Lord of the Flies is a real challenge to put on screen. I can only imagine the difficulties in 1963. It shows humanity at it's worst, and uses young… More
Kase Vollebregt
Although it stays true to the novel, it does so at the expense of the film itself. A boring, outdated portrayal of a wonderful book. 1963 was not kind to the… More
erika bruhns
i like the book better
Kevin M. Williams
a story about some little people on a little planet (not far from wherever you are right this very minute), and how they learned how to love one another by… More
Jason Owens
I'd always heard that this is the better of the two movies adapted from the classic book by William Golding. It's definitely better than the American… More