The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov (1957)

Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov is given a Hollywood screen treatment by producer Pandro S. Berman and director Richard Brooks. Yul Brynner plays Dmitri Karamazov, a callous Russian officer who cuckolds his domineering father… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 1, 1957
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
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Variety Staff

Bold handling of crude unbridled passion, of violently conflicting ideas, and of earthy humor makes up The Brothers Karamazov.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

While not as terrible as his subsequent adaptation of Lord Jim, this 1958 Hollywoodization of the Dostoyevsky novel by writer-director Richard Brooks is pretty grotesque all the same.

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When the acting's good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it's laughable and director Brooks' attempts at injecting Slavic intensity misfire badly sometimes.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Very uncertain in period and atmosphere, and saddled with some terrible performances.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I would avoid this film as readily as one avoids Siberia.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Conspicuous assets are the striking color photography and the musical score, both of which help a great deal in enhancing the drama's savage and soulful moods.

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TV Guide

The film feels like 'Classics Comics' instead of a classic.

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