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Tom Jones (1963)



Critic Consensus: A frantic, irreverent adaptation of the novel, bolstered by Albert Finney's courageous performance and arresting visuals.

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This bawdy, funny adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel follows Tom Jones, a country boy who becomes one of the wildest playboys in 18th-century England. Over the course of the film, Jones tries to amass his own fortune and win the heart of Sophie.

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Albert Finney
as Tom Jones
Susannah York
as Sophie Western
Hugh Griffith
as Squire Western
Edith Evans
as Miss Western
Joan Greenwood
as Lady Bellaston
Diane Cilento
as Molly Seagrim
George Devine
as Squire Allworthy
David Tomlinson
as Lord Fellamar
Joyce Redman
as Mrs. Waters
George A. Cooper
as Fitzpatrick
Rosalind Atkinson
as Mrs. Miller
Angela Baddeley
as Mrs. Wilkins
Peter Bull
as Thwackum
James Jackson
as Mr. Seagrim
Rachel Kempson
as Bridget Allworthy
Wilfrid Lawson
as Black George
Rosalind Knight
as Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Jack MacGowran
as Partridge
Redmond Phillips
as Lawyer Dowling
Mark Dignam
as Lieutenant
Avis Bunnage
as Landlady at George Inn
Jack Stewart
as MacLachlan
Michael Brennan
as the Jailor at Newgate
Freda Jackson
as Mrs. Seagrim
James Cairncross
as Parson Supple
Julian Glover
as Northerton
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Critic Reviews for Tom Jones

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

Tom Jones has a sense of playfulness and experimentation that one rarely finds in an upscale motion picture.

June 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek movie about an engaging foundling.

February 18, 2015 | Full Review…

While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago.

January 14, 2014 | Rating: B

It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex.

January 14, 2014 | Full Review…

The film is a way-out, walleyed, wonderful exercise in cinema. It is also a social satire written in blood with a broadaxe. It is bawdy as the British were bawdy when a wench had to wear five petticoats to barricade her virtue.

February 20, 2009 | Full Review…

If Tom Jones now feels something of a product of its times, it still deserves credit for attempting something new.

February 20, 2008 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tom Jones

The wanderings of the wittiest eighteen century bastard-gentleman. An enormous Albert Finney and an equally great supporting cast give life to Tony Richardon's vivacious, rhythmic and cunning storytelling. Full of charm.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Including a famous seduction scene involving the rapturous eating of a meal, the best hunt ever filmed bar none, and a handful of zesty performances of outsized characters, this playful romp is hard to ignore and as much a testament to its time as 2001: A Space Odyssey, however much this testifies to a courser if truer side of human events.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A voracious bastard pursues his love - among others - in a satirical exploration of British class structure and sexual politics. Henry Fielding is sometimes credited with inventing the modern novel, and his works read like an experiment in a new form; in Joseph Andrews the narrator actually tells the reader to skip the boring parts. And in Tom Jones it is clear that this is a faithful adaptation if only because the spirit of experimentation pervades. It is a romp, full of baudy humor and high-energy ballyhoo. The characters even break the fourth wall a few times. But when I read Fielding, I often feel like I'm looking at a child's creation out of Play-Doh and other people expect me to see Rodin. I felt the same way about this film. Yes, I like the satire - the blood spewing from the horses, whipped too a frenzy by fanatical hunters, and the so-called "ladies of quality" acting more whorish than a Kardashian - but director Tony Richardson crosses the line between mad-cap romp with a purpose and mad-cap romp for romp's sake. The ending is too convenient, the behavior too extreme to be taken seriously, Tom Jones is a film made out of Play-Doh. Overall, even though its heart is the right place, I think the film strays too far into unreality to have any real effect.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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