Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kind Hearts and Coronets1949

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)



Critic Consensus: Performed with chameleonic brio by Alec Guinness, Kind Hearts and Coronets is a triumphant farce.

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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

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Dennis Price
as Louis Mazzini
Valerie Hobson
as Edith D'Ascoyne
Cecil Ramage
as Crown Counsel
Hugh Griffith
as Lord High Steward
John Salew
as Mr. Perkins
Lynn Evans
as The Farmer
Eric Messiter
as Burgoyne
Anne Valery
as The Girl in the Punt
Arthur Lowe
as The Reporter
Lyn Evans
as The Farmer
Barbara Leake
as The Schoolmistress
Clive Morton
as Prison Governor
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Critic Reviews for Kind Hearts and Coronets

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (16)

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.

November 22, 2019 | Full Review…

A high comedy that is enlivened with cynicism, loaded with dramatic irony and shot through with a suspicion of social satire.

December 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Amazingly courageous for its day (1949) in combining bad taste with good comedy.

August 19, 2011 | Rating: 5/5

This was Robert Hamer's masterpiece...

August 18, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Technically brilliant and savagely funny, serial killing has never looked so much fun.

August 18, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system.

August 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Kind Hearts and Coronets

Alec Guinness is fantastic playing eight different characters but it is Dennis Price who shines in this witty, delightful British dark comedy that proves so compelling showing the minutiae of the main character's plan to eliminate eight people in order to obtain a title.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Fantastic performances and a tightly wound script as well as some pitch black humour. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer


An expertly crafted British black comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets features a remarkably witty script and eight iconic performances from Sir Alec Guinness as every member of the antagonist d'Ascoyne family, not to mention the marvelously cheeky work Dennis Price put forth as the lead anti-hero. A true treat of cinematic cynicism in a fresh, post-WWII European society.

Kristijonas Fussman
Kristijonas Fussman

Super Reviewer

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