Kind Hearts and Coronets

critic Reviews

, 100% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Performed with chameleonic brio by Alec Guinness, Kind Hearts and Coronets is a triumphant farce.
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    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    Drownings, explosions, and poisonings, their ethical status barely mentioned, let alone chastised, roll by like carriages in the park. The comedy is as black as widow's weeds. Artfulness is all.
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    Patrick GibbsDaily Telegraph (UK)
    A high comedy that is enlivened with cynicism, loaded with dramatic irony and shot through with a suspicion of social satire.
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    Derek MalcolmLondon Evening Standard
    Amazingly courageous for its day (1949) in combining bad taste with good comedy.
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    Anthony QuinnIndependent (UK)
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    This was Robert Hamer's masterpiece...
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    Paul M. BradshawLittle White Lies
    Technically brilliant and savagely funny, serial killing has never looked so much fun.
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    Clyde GilmourMaclean's Magazine
    Dennis Price is a polite society murderer, and the sensational Alec Guinness is all eight of the aristocratic targets on his list.
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    Michael WoodLondon Review of Books
    I keep wondering how the film manages to stay so light in spite of the notional black comedy of its plot. I think it has something to do with the sense of being out of time that I mentioned earlier: not timeless, but resistant to time.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    A diabolically clever comedy.
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    Matthew LucasFrom the Front Row
    As scathing a critique of the British upper classes as the cinema has ever given us, disguised as a light comedy with a charming exterior.
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