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Henry V

8/10
Biography . Romance . Action . History . Drama . War
 

Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

 
Actors: Simon Shepherd , Christian Bale , Robbie Coltrane , Judi Dench , Emma Thompson , Paul Scofield , James Larkin , Brian Blessed , Derek Jacobi , Kenneth Branagh
Directors: Kenneth Branagh
Country: UK
Release: 1989-11-08
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  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Straightforward, energetic, updated Bard. 28-year-old star-director-adapter Kenneth Branagh's spellbinding version of Shakespeare's Henry isn't superior to Olivier's 1944 version - it's different, and complementary to it.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Big and pretty, vigorous, thoughtful, this Hamlet expands the story with helpful flashbacks.

    Time Full Review
  • Hal Hinson

    Most astounding, though, is the power of the film's leading actor. While Branagh's direction is forthright and articulate, his acting is brash and flamboyant.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    What works best in the film is the over-all vision. Branagh is able to see himself as a king, and so we can see him as one.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Anthony Quinn

    Branagh's Henry V must, however, be counted a success - it might never be as famous as Olivier's, but it should carry considerable clout for years to come.

    Empire Full Review
  • Vincent Canby

    Mr. Branagh has made a fine, rousing new English film adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Henry V,'' a movie that need not apologize to Laurence Olivier's 1944 classic.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Henry V is a stirring, gritty and enjoyable pic which offers a plethora of fine performances from some of the U.K.'s brightest talents.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Howe

    An alert, rousing interpretation of "Henry V," Branagh beats down the doors of high art and drags the sleeping bard into the light of modern day.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The cast - including Derek Jacobi as the modern-dress chorus, Paul Scofield, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, and Robbie Coltrane in an effective cameo as Falstaff - is uniformly fine without any grandstanding.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Judy Stone

    [Branagh] shows an understanding of the medium worthy of a veteran, and an intuitive grasp of how to make Henry V not only comprehensible, but compelling for contemporary audiences. [13 Dec 1989]

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review