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This brilliant drama where King Henry II must choose one of his three sons to be the heir to his throne earned three Academy Awards®— including one for Hepburn for her inspired performance as the King’s crafty wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine and one for James Goldman for the script adapted from his stage play.
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: Director Anthony Harvey opened up Goldman's play into authentic spaces far from any proscenium, and remained faithful to an energetic drama propelled by its performances and dialogue.-Mark Bourne, Film.com, December 21, 2007
Fresh: ...outdoorsy and fun, full of the kind of plotting and action people used to go to just plain movies for.-Renata Adler, New York Times, May 09, 2005
Fresh: One of the joys which movies provide too rarely is the opportunity to see a literate script handled intelligently. The Lion in Winter triumphs at that difficult task...-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, October 23, 2004
Fresh: One of the most revered films of all time...with hallmark performances from Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn and the film debuts of Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Terry and John Castle.-Martie Zad, Washington Post, April 10, 2002