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11,326 Ratings

Barry Lyndon

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United Kingdom, United States, 1975


In 18th Century Europe, a charming Irish rogue eager for the wealth and privilege of nobility sets about climbing the social ladder in order to get what he wants, facing many setbacks along the way.

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Barry Lyndon Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1976 | 4 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

1976 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

The two funniest movies I saw in theaters this year [were Barry Lyndon and The Favourite], even if Lyndon always makes me cry. Gorgeously designed and arrestingly lensed tales of occasional scoundrels who will claw the best they can over anyone who gets between them and a higher lot in society. “Good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.”
December 28, 2018
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Kubrick’s reputation as a staunch perfectionist could scarcely have been more well-earned than it was here, or more well-matched to the material. Furthermore, Kubrick’s flair for bringing to the art form a supreme dilettante’s breadth of knowledge reached some kind of apotheosis here, so that no single detail can be regarded as anything other than the result of excruciating consideration on the director’s part.
October 18, 2017
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Being told in advance that disasters await doesn’t alleviate their impact, any more than does the optical beauty with which we are to be lavished for three hours. There is musical beauty too, an inescapable sonic flow incorporating Handel, Vivaldi, Schubert, and (in the first half) the traditional Irish music of the Chieftains. The music moves with its own sense of purpose, sometimes underscoring, sometimes contradicting what we see.
October 17, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    Everyone praises the aesthetics, & rightly so. It's one of the most beautiful films of the 20th century. But Barry Lyndon is about more than aesthetics. At its heart, it's a deeply cynical & searing film about class; about a character audacious enough to see himself outside the lowly position he was born into, & how his ambition sees him destroyed. It's a film about duels, games, fathers & sons; about pride & vanity.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    Stanley Kubrick's subversive take on Western history has proven so influential, it's likely difficult to assess just how radical "Barry Lyndon" must have seemed in 1975: here's a film that exposes high society and its sense of propriety as a total sham, a game of smoke and mirrors carried out by foppish swindlers. Meanwhile, the natural world remains utterly indifferent, even as the air fills with musket smoke.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    Flawed in its persistence to look great and thus risking regress to photographic ostentatiousness without a formal language (what a contrast with Visconti!), it is nonetheless unique in its rhythmic deceleration, offering a rite of passage for Lyndon and those around him. Paradoxically it maintains momentum from beginning to end, features a more than adequate O'Neill and looks splendid mainly in the interior scenes.

  • lbunuel's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    My favorite Kubrick. It reminds me of the Brazilian writer Machado de Assis (a sort of Sterne from the tropics, of unrivaled cynicism). When people comment on Lyndon's "beautiful cinematography" or "extraordinary composition" it seems to me that they are complimenting exactly what the film is satirizing: these beautiful surfaces are a joke on "high culture" and the nihilism it conceals. Devastating.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    Kubrick's obsessed with the way his movies look. You never see a naked woman looking bad. Which is important. The attention to detail is a reflection of the perfectionism. People quibble over whether Ryan O'Neal was right for the part. Never occurred to me. He has a beauty about him that makes the second half of the movie richer for his tragic downfall.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    re-rating. One of the most monotonously repeated axioms in film concerns Kubrick's supposed genius, a filmmaker that from the totalitarian "2001", dedicated himself to do "definitive" genre films. This is The Historical, full of writing's pleonasms and self-inflate uneven reframing zooms, with a matte light loaded with shine. On top, an omnipresent soundtrack in search of the prestigious. Academicism, where art thou?

  • Lintang A.'s rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    "Barry Lyndon is", amidst Kubricks' many masterpieces, a film so easily dismissed due to length and the fact that it is overshadowed by others, but I deeply recommend this film to anyone who would like to see a film both for the plot line, the story and the pure enjoyment of the images presented. My fav's Kubrick's works so far

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Barry Lyndon

    MY FAVORITE FILM OF ALL. What a beauty, the image, the music, the sets, the scenario, the editing, the art of storytelling. And its moral, its philosophy, its universal lesson == Quelle beauté, l'image, la musique, les décors, le scénario, le montage, l'art du récit. Et sa morale, sa philosophie, sa leçon universelle ==

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