Topsy-Turvy (1999)

William Schwenck Gilbert is the librettist, writing the words. Arthur Sullivan is the composer, writing the music. Gilbert is the very model of a 19th-century British gentleman, an overly proper married man certain that he knows best. For… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 17, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A thoroughly entertaining character study and a great success for Mike Leigh.

Deborah Young

[A] beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

The film is a delight and a surprise, all the more so since Leigh is associated with gritty working-class stories.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Leigh's strict attention to detail and his uncommon method of involving his actors in the creative process of forming the script infuses life into material that could have easily become another stiff, British period production

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Leigh's cast are beyond compare, and the whole bighearted, splendidly droll celebration of the entertainer's lot surely stands among British cinema's one-of-a-kind treasures.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Not your normal period piece, to be sure.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The sense of a work of art coming to life has rarely been more beautifully or excitingly portrayed. This is a film not to be missed.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

If you are a Gilbert and Sullivan buff, you will be in heaven. If you are not, the first thing you will need to know is that the film is nearly three hours long.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Despite its draining length, it proves to be even better and richer on a second viewing.

Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

A great study on the struggle to create live theater, containing beautiful musical sequences and fantastic portrayals of the musical's creators.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
Mike Leigh would not be the first name that springs to mind when presented with a biopic of Gilbert and Sullivan. Possibly Anthony Minghella, or maybe Ang Lee,… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Mike Leigh's latest might prove to be the old Brit's most daring and ambitious spectacle of memory. It's the tale of… More
Daniel Mumby
When a director you love goes out on a limb, it often ends in tears, particularly if their chosen vanity project is a musical. Martin Scorsese and Stephen… More
Cameron Johnson
It's a delightful tale on the early days of Broadbent and Sullivan, and I say it like that, because I've gotten used to Jim Broadbent playing Jim… More
Stella Dallas
the marvelous backstage story of the creation of gilbert and sullivan's mikado. i'm not a fan of operetta, and it's certainly not for everyone,… More
Ryan Marshall
9.1/10 I watch Mike Leigh's films for many reasons, but here are just three of them; to feel good, to feel sad and helpless, and to be… More