The Ruling Class
The Ruling Class (1972)

An institutionalized schizophrenic with a Messiah complex inherits the position of an English Earl in this cutting satire of British society, based on a play by Peter Barnes. The film's irreverent tone is established with the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In spots a very amusing and irreverent tongue-in-cheek satire on class that features a tour de force performance by Peter O'Toole.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A wonderful, wild ride. Peter O'Toole is outstanding.

Emanuel Levy

The plot is convoluted but director Peter Medak makes some good satirical points about the British class system and Peter O'Toole is terrific in a well-deserved Oscar-nominated performance.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

decidedly postmodern several years before it became a buzzword

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If it's true that a people get the government they deserve, mightn't it be equally true that a people get the God they deserve?

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Angry, angry, dense, dark and ridiculous screed nominally aimed at English class system w/ O'Toole as J.C. Supernut. Kinda like Bunuel meets Monty Python… More
jay nixon
Offbeat to say the least. A very game cast frolics their way through this weird hybrid of a film. Peter O'Toole gives his all to the part and Coral Browne… More
Rico Zamora
I was surprised by how thrown-together this movie seems to be. It is definitely ambitious in its biting social commentary; but, in the end, it ends up falling… More
Ken Stachnik
OMG why did nobody tell me about this movie? A film of such ridiculous, witty, dark and hilarious nature it must be seen to be believed. Peter O'Toole… More
_kelly .King
Top performance from O'Toole, with exceptional supporting work, especially from renowned character actor Alastair Sim. Fantastic dialogue, but that is… More
Michael S
A hilarious dark British satire that has a little bit of everything (murder, surrealism, dance and musical numbers). Throw in one of Peter O'Toole's… More