Henry V Synopsis
Shakespeare's king of England (Kenneth Branagh) attacks France.
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TV Guide

Straightforward, energetic, updated Bard. 28-year-old star-director-adapter Kenneth Branagh's spellbinding version of Shakespeare's Henry...
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San Francisco Chronicle

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[Branagh] shows an understanding of the medium worthy of a veteran, and an intuitive grasp of how to make Henry V not only comprehensible,...
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
One of the things that make [Branagh's] Henry V so thrilling is his audacity in trying to turn it into an antiwar play - a view that would...
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Ray Conlogue
Clever and confident use of limited resources in an unfamiliar medium. Kenneth Branagh has made the right choice nine out of 10 times, and...
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88

USA Today

Henry V emerges a first-class epic film, so entertaining that it needs no apologies for being based on a 400-year-old play. [10 Nov 1989]
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What works best in the film is the over-all vision. Branagh is able to see himself as a king, and so we can see him as one.
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80

Empire

Branagh's Henry V must, however, be counted a success - it might never be as famous as Olivier's, but it should carry considerable clout...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
As director, Mr. Branagh and his cameraman have chosen to shoot his film tight and drab, a style that allows the actors to speak the poetry...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
There is a great deal of value in Branagh's version, not least in his own lead performance as a soft, indefinite Henry who defines himself...
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75

Portland Oregonian

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Branagh's Henry is inevitably darker and more violent than Olivier's, but also even more youthful and energetic at times. He is generally...
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Rated PG-13 | For A Bloody Battle