The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Young Poisoner's Handbook1995

The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)



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This pitch black British comedy presents an examination of young British fellow who decided to become a professional poisoner in the early 1960's while simultaneously taking a satiric poke at British society and medicine. The film is very loosely based on a true story. Graham is a fourteen-year old genius in chemistry who must live with his appalling family consisting of his dad, wicked step-mother, and sister. Graham begins his career by slowly poisoning his step-mum with tainted sweets and altered medicine. After he offs his uncle in a similar manner, Graham is imprisoned where Dr. Zeigler, who specializes in the treatment of psychopath's, works with him. The doctor is impressed at Graham's genius and believes he can be cured. Seven years later, the supposedly cured Graham is released on parole where he immediately begins where he left off.


Antony Sher
as Dr. Zeigler
Frank Mills
as Uncle Jack
Norman Caro
as Mr. Goez
Robert Demeger
as Mr. Dexter
Peter Pacey
as Dickie Boone
Rupert Farley
as Nurse Trent
Malcolm Sinclair
as Dr. Triefus
John Abbott
as Chairman
Cate Fowler
as Social Services Lady
Frank Baker
as Placement Officer
David Saville
as Chief Medical Officer
Tobias Arnold
as Young Graham
Joost Siedhoff
as Dr. Scott
Anna Kollenda
as Chairman
Katja Kollenda
as Baby Donna
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Critic Reviews for The Young Poisoner's Handbook

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Graham Young is at bottom a monster, but, as Hugh O'Conor plays him, he is also peculiarly beguiling. It is easy to sympathize with a bright young man who wants to get ahead in his chosen field.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Not nearly as clever as it thinks it is.

November 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

The show is a cornucopia of effective cinematic elements. A tour de force and a fascinating story.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Young Poisoner's Handbook


It doesn't delve into its subjects psyche enough for my taste, but there is a interesting bluntness to its narrative. A Sociopathic Megalomaniac will continue to be a Sociopathic Megalomaniac, regardless of how much dream analysis they undergo.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


"He gave his life to his research, so did his family." [Tagline] The biographical sketch of the protagonist is indeed extraordinary, but the way the events are portrayed herein hampers its effect. Despite fictionalizing the accounts, the movie fails to maintain enough interest. Wish the makers were dedicated enough!!!

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


I caught this on the dish a while ago and really liked it.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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