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      Women in Love

      R Released Mar 25, 1970 2 hr. 10 min. Romance LGBTQ+ List
      83% 23 Reviews Tomatometer 74% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Close friends Rupert Birkin (Alan Bates) and Gerald Crich (Oliver Reed) begin romances with siblings Ursula (Jennie Linden) and Gudrun Brangwen (Glenda Jackson). After the couples wed, they take a joint honeymoon to Switzerland, where things begin happily -- but they become increasingly complicated as the trip continues. Rupert and Ursula are determined to stay faithful to one another, while the aloof Gerald and the eccentric Gudrun turn to infidelity and sexual exploration. Read More Read Less
      Women in Love

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      A quartet of nuanced performances and Ken Russell's off-kilter direction brings D.H. Lawrence's battle of the sexes to tactile life.

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      Alec B Bates, Linden, Reed, and Jackson are all superb. Russel's willingness to push the sexual content to a near frenzy gives the film a wild and unpredictable energy that is endlessly rewarding. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/05/24 Full Review Mat L Alan Bates is unforgettable in this classic masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/04/23 Full Review Leaburn O I can't think of anything to praise about this bore fest. Made it onto the BFI Top 100 and contains one of the gayest scenes ever put to film. The rest of the picture is just rambling boring nonsense. Stunningly boring. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 08/30/23 Full Review Shioka O You have Reed and Bates at the same time in this Ken Russel's. Pretentious as you expect. Filmed in the style, it's not coherent. The naked fighting scene is unforgettable as if Roman paintings. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review delysid d some things i liked about this but overall, i didn't much like it Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/19/22 Full Review james g Steamiest sex scene ever put on film: it's between two men, they don't have sex, you think you see more than you do, and there is no release from the tension. Then people eat figs. And dance. And swim naked. And wash up on a beach naked. And...well, this is brilliant. More twisted as time goes by. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Geoff Andrew Time Out Despite a growing portentousness towards the end, and moments of silliness scattered throughout, a surprisingly restrained, even respectful adaptation of DH Lawrence's novel. Jun 11, 2019 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Directed with style and punch by Ken Russell, this is an episodic but challenging and holding pic. Jun 11, 2019 Full Review Melissa Anderson Artforum Yet it is to the film's great credit that, in depicting that "puritanical insistence," heterosexuality is revealed to be the most unnatural form of coupling. Aug 14, 2018 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The story occasionally grows choppy and diffuse, yet the visual splendors never fail to take command. Rated: 3/4 Aug 30, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com A sterling confluence of three distinct icons, Women in Love is a key masterpiece of 1970s era British cinema, and one which has outlasted its infamous bits to reveal a decadent, lush, study on the amorphous subjects of love and sexuality. Rated: 4/5 Aug 25, 2020 Full Review Paul Schrader Cinema The most successful adaptation of a Lawrence novel to the screen. Jun 30, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Close friends Rupert Birkin (Alan Bates) and Gerald Crich (Oliver Reed) begin romances with siblings Ursula (Jennie Linden) and Gudrun Brangwen (Glenda Jackson). After the couples wed, they take a joint honeymoon to Switzerland, where things begin happily -- but they become increasingly complicated as the trip continues. Rupert and Ursula are determined to stay faithful to one another, while the aloof Gerald and the eccentric Gudrun turn to infidelity and sexual exploration.
      Director
      Ken Russell
      Screenwriter
      Larry Kramer, D.H. Lawrence
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      Brandywine Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Romance, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 25, 1970, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Mar 4, 2003
      Sound Mix
      Mono