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Barry Lyndon

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Stanley Kubrick

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About the Movie

One of the most beautiful films ever made, and the winner of four Academy Awards including Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design, "Barry Lyndon" features Ryan O'Neal ("Love Story," TV's "Small Sacrifices") as a rags-to-riches Irish gambler and hero-rogue who moves from innocence to self-destructive arrogance in this masterpiece by director Stanley Kubrick ("2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange," "Full Metal Jacket"). Rich in drama and decadence, this is a stunning, visually opulent adaptation of the classic Thackeray novel set in 18th century England, that Leonard Maltin praises as "exquisite." Boasting meticulous period details, down to the breathtaking cinematography using what would have been the only artificial light source in the era -- candlelight -- on ultra-sensitive film stock developed specially for Kubrick. Co-starring model-turned-actress Marisa Berenson ("Cabaret").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 60
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Maybe the only abstract maxim that one can derive from Kubrick's new film is: 'Openness is everything.' – John Hofsess, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Another fascinating challenge from one of our most remarkable, independent-minded directors. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Ryan O'Neal's excellent performance captures the shallow opportunism endemic to the title character who is brought down as much by his own flaws as by the mores of the ordered social structure of 18th-century England. – Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Stanley Kubrick's magisterial Thackeray adaptation now stands as one of his greatest and most savagely ironic films, not to mention one of the few period pieces on celluloid so transporting that it seems to predate the invention of cameras. – Jim Ridley, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Kubrick's most underrated film

as a HUGE Stanley Kubrick fan, i never heard of this movie until i bought it here. It was a different approach for Kubrick after A Clockwork Orange but i found myself loving this movie. It it long but loving and sweet. Its a great journey of a man that overcomes misfortune. but what this movie is famous for is it EXQUISITE cinematography and beautiful score. I recommend this to any Kubrick fan and a artistic movie lover 5 stars

A work of art

This is normally the one Kubrick film his fans haven't seen (unless you count "Eyes Wide Shut"), but let it be known that this is a masterpiece. Just Youtube the first scene, 1:27 minutes, and notice how beautifully the soundtrack creates the mood, the cinematography is almost uncomparable as Kubrick used artwork of the 17th and 18th centurys as a guide for creating scenes, and there is an underlying humor that pervades the film, as you'd see in the first 2 minutes. I think it is a film that will make one a more sophisticated person in the few minutes. To me it is like taking a walk through the hallways of my local art museum and it is a good film and story to boot.

Barry Lyndon

After the massively controversial success of A Clockwork Orange a film that left audiences stunned from it's abnormally detailed depiction of evil and it's facinating characteristics a film that also shows the extent scientists are willing to push to get within the psychological mind state of a psychopathic human being, Kubrick decided that he were to produce a film about Napoleon however it was canceled. Within this particular film that takes place within the same century, Barry Lyndon ranks indeed to be Kubrick's most underrated fim of his carrer, primarily because of psychological analysis of one man in particular (like the majority of Stanley's films) it goes into depth of one man's success and descriptively shows in the end of how simply bad thing happen to decent people. There is in fact more to it then that however, I don't seem to have the room to get into. Anyway from my perspective this ranks to be my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, primarily because it truly defined who he is as an artist and a storyteller. From the gorgious cinematography, to the direction of the film (shot using all natural lighting) and getting into depth of one man's downfall, this is a film that should always be remembered. Kubrick's most underrated film.

Barry Lyndon
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1975

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