Sons and Lovers
Sons and Lovers (1960)

The Motion Picture Production Code was still in effect (albeit weakly) when Sons and Lovers was filmed in 1960, so don't expect a thoroughly frank and faithful adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel. Set in an English mining town, the… More

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Release Date: January 1, 1960
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The best one can promise those who like the book is that they will probably not be greatly disturbed by the adaptation and will see some elements capably dramatized.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Somehow, this plainly euphemistic attitude toward Lawrence's fierce and fine account runs through the whole handsome picture and hobbles its real potential punch.

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An attractive, thoughtful adaptation of a difficult novel. Lawrence's sexual politics may have dated badly, but the cinematography and acting still exude quality.

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Variety Staff

Sons and Lovers is a well-made and conscientious adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's famed novel, smoothly directed by Jack Cardiff and superbly acted by a notable cast.

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TV Guide

The film's period details are excellent, and the direction by cinematographer-turned-director Cardiff is first rate.

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Emanuel Levy

Jack Clayton's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's autobiographical novel is intelligent, exquisitely shot, and well acted, if also too restrained.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A slack and superficial adaptation of Lawrence's novel.

David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

D.H. Lawrence has always proved a tricky test for filmmakers, but this is certainly one fo the better translations, thanks in no small part to the cinematography.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Victorian morality is pitted against teenage sexual urges in a small mining town. D.H. Lawrence's concentration on the decay of old sexual mores is on full… More
jay nixon
Strong performances all around elevate this hard drama of crushed and stalled hopes. Not a surprise that this received many awards including several Oscar noms,… More
Lauren Donis
It was ok. The acting was surprisingly realistic and there was not a bad performance to be found. However, I didn't find the plot very interesting and I… More