The Barretts of Wimpole Street
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Based on a successful stage drama, this historical romance stars Norma Shearer as Elizabeth Barrett, an invalid largely confined to her bed. Elizabeth has little company beyond her dog and her obsessively protective father, Edward Moulton… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 8, 1934
DVD Release Date: March 25, 1992
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

As a film it's slow. Very. The first hour is wandering, planting-the-plot stuff that has some difficulty cementing the interest, but in the final stretch it grips and holds.

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TV Guide

One of the better-known and more typical of MGM's adaptations of famous stage plays.

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A typically lush MGM production set in 19th-century London.

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Andre Sennwald
New York Times

Sidney Franklin has filmed a drama of beauty, dignity and nobility.

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Emanuel Levy

Sidney Franklin's first version of the story is stiff and stagy, but it offers good roles for Charles Laughton as the tyrannical and abusive father and Norma Shearer as his invalid poet-daughter.

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Time Out

Slow, deliberate, dull.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

When not even Charles Laughton, playing a deranged, scarily pious, and pretty obviously incestuous domineering father can save a film, you know you have problems.

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John Ballantine
A bit on the melodramatic side but I think this was the time period that created the melodrama. Fredric March is seemingly in every film as the leading man and… More
Antonius Block
The love story between Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett is legendary, and her 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' contains some of the beautiful love… More