The Browning Version
The Browning Version (1951)

Michael Redgrave gives his greatest performance as Andrew Crocker-Harris, a boarding-school teacher who realizes that his life may be a failure, in this powerful adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play with a screenplay by Rattigan… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 13, 1951
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The role of the retiring master is not an easy one, but a prize in the right hands. Michael Redgrave fills it with distinction.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The schoolmaster to whom our pity is drawn is a pretty weak and lukewarm individual, hardly fit to be a teacher of growing boys -- even a teacher of classical languages, which he is.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Crocker-Harris represents the 'Willy Loman' of the educational system

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Worth watching for Redgrave's powerfully detailed performance as the schoolmaster.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a blues pic for teachers that lays down some hope in the end.

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Bill Gibron

Dramatically powerful, exceptionally well acted and not without its tearful moments of reexamination and redemption...The Browning Version is a...masterwork of a film

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

What begins as an anti-Goodbye, Mr. Chips ends, thanks to some psychological point stretching, as an imitation of it.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

It's a remarkable piece of writing by Terence Rattigan, the great English playwright, and great direction by Anthony Asquith to drag us through such an arid landscape and keep us interested, involved and finally moved

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Christopher Null

a study of a man who's long since come to terms with his mediocrity and who is almost too willingly slipping into the shadows

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Stella Dallas
a devastating character study with superb performance by michael redgrave. the antithesis of goodbye mr. chips