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Richard III

1955
Drama
War
2h 41m
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Avg Percentile 55.92% from 175 total ratings

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Rated 22 Sep 2013
50
7th
I understand the supposed appeal: Shakespeare's language, Olivier's performance, technicolour sets and royal intrigue. To me it's a tedious drawn out film where none of the intrigue is actually interesting, the visuals are garish and Olivier's performance is way over-the-top and uninteresting. The dialogue has some appeal, but even it doesn't charm me.
Rated 25 Oct 2015
90
91st
This adaptation made me realize that Richard III is my favourite play of Shakespeare's. Of course Olivier would do that
Rated 29 Apr 2010
76
34th
acting styles must have changed a lot since Olivier's time. I comment not as much on Olivier (who seems the most contemporary and "good" in this film) as I do on the terrible performances from Gielgud and Richardson. They were the two actor's on Olivier's level at this time in terms of classical British acting and they are like wood - no emotional connection. Also the cuts suck - he keeps in some boring stuff and cuts the richard / elizabeth scene and clarence's death.
Rated 22 Jan 2014
9
10th
Completely incompetent "film-"making and appallingly ugly photography.
Rated 15 Mar 2011
60
24th
There is a point where costume and makeup designs are just so poorly thought out as to be distracting. I didn't think, "What a great actor!" while watching Olivier. I thought, "Jesus that friggin' nose and that friggin' hair and that friggin' fur hat..."
Rated 28 Jun 2023
70
42nd
This is very cinematic. This isn't a filmed play. It's a play turned into a film. It's a great play to turn into a film. Shakespeare's most villainous main character talks to the audience and tells us everything that's going to happen, and it's fairly intimate and conspiratorial. Olivier plays Richard as a charming monster, and there's something very conspiratorial about it. We feel somewhat complicit in his monstrous deeds.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
98
85th
Take cover, take aim, take over.
Rated 22 Dec 2023
54
21st
Hard to watch. Both the 1995 movie and the 2016 TV series are better.
Rated 13 Dec 2020
85
78th
Ricardo III estreava há 65 anos em Londres. Não sei se meu vilão shakespereano favorito é o Iago ou o Ricardo III, enquanto o primeiro pode ser apenas um neurótico mesquinho, Richard é a encarnação da psicopatia e aqui temos uma ótima transposição de sua vileza. Se esta adaptação não atinge o status de obra-prima que é o Hamlet do Olivier, tampouco deixa de ser um trabalho memorável que de cara já nos deixa de joelhos com aquele monólogo em plano-sequência que abre o filme. P
Rated 13 Dec 2012
55
24th
I forgot why I dislike Olivier, but this reminded me. He doesn't seem to know what a movie is, there's nothing here that wouldn't be done just as well, or better, in a stage production. The tone is so serious as to feel emotionally hollow and feels like Olivier only cares about how the words sound. The costuming and make-up looks largely terrible on camera. Love this play but I struggled hard to make it through this film.
Rated 27 Oct 2011
78
61st
77.500
Rated 20 Feb 2010
83
74th
The production values here certainly lean toward the gaudy and artificial. Big colorful costumes, gigantic and blocky sets, Olivier's wacky makeup (that nose!). But oh how I love that Vistavision, that Technicolor. And Olivier is so clearly having a great time with the material, perfectly content with chewing scenery rather than exploring Richard's subtle depths. A long but engaging cartoon epic.
Rated 01 Nov 2015
55
32nd
Despite being a well done job in the technical sense and its grandiose style which combines low shots and long speeches with great spatial depth, I find it extremely dull and too theatrical. It seemed that all the characters besides Richard were one-dimensional and they had no peculiarity at all. Apart from that it is a moralist tale which tries to reveal the evil and insecurity in totalitarian regimes, so we should all hail liberal democracy and Queen of England :)
Rated 21 May 2007
0
8th
Sorry, but this is so stiff and artificial, even though we've all been told and told and told that that's the high tone. Like, ZZZZZZZ, dude
Rated 25 Apr 2014
78
58th
78.000
Rated 25 May 2008
55
33rd
in this day and age, shakespeare needs to be read and discussed before you go out and see it. trying to follow this movie cold, without knowing the story beforehand, caused me actual physical pain. maybe i'll give it another try after I read the play.
Rated 15 Mar 2014
75
44th
Overly confusing adaptation, in which most of the entertainment value comes from unintentionally humorous moments of melodrama.
Rated 10 Aug 2012
70
49th
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Rated 02 Mar 2008
60
36th
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