Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts lead this adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 literary classic that delves into the complicated nature of passion, attachment and independence through a woman’s relationship with three men. From the director of the Oscar-nominated The Hunt, co-starring Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), Tom Sturridge (On the Road) and Juno Temple (Atonement).

2015Rating: M, Sex scenes118 minsUSA, UK
DramaRomance
85%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

flicks

A handsome adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 serial-turned-novel, bolstered by top-shelf casting and a star turn by the English countryside. After discovering an uncle has bequeathed his farm to her, orphaned heroine Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby) is determined she will run the estate with the same tenacity as a man, and proves successful.

4.0

Forgetable

Solid period film, slightly plodding. More BBC Sunday night TV fare than a feature film.

3.0

Spirited and full of charm

A charming film about the desire for love and for freedom, made ever more so by the talented Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene. Matthias Schoenaert's portrayal of Gabriel Oak was a good fit with an endearing performance. Micheal Sheen as William Boldwood and Tom Sturridge as Sgt. Francis (Frank) did a superb job of bringing the affluent lonely older man...

4.0

Beautiful Adaptation, maybe would have been better as a mini series

This was a thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of classic piece of literature. The film lead, Carey Mulligan was amazing and her performance really shone through. The only issue I had, is a problem found in many film adaptations of books, is it felt like so much was missed by fitting it into a small time frame. In saying that, it was still a great story that...

3.0

Great story

A great film about a young woman who inherits a farm. Over the years she has three suitors vying for her affection. Carey Mulligan plays the young woman beautifully. She is one of my favourite actresses. She plays a very strong willed woman who wont be tied down by a man. If you love period films and are a fan of Carey Mulligan this is for you. I highly...

4.0

Victorian love story

I'm sure the ladies will give this more stars than me.

3.0

I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to this movie. When is it coming I wanted to take my Husband it's his birthday and tomorrow I wanted to go to the Hoyts at sunnybank but it's not on there so when is it?

Carey Mulligan is breath-taking

The film is very old-school, but the nature beauty and Carey Mulligan could make up for the outdated perception of human relations and love.

4.0

Charming Period Drama

Charming period drama with likeable characters. Satisfying plot & intrigue. Lovely English scenery. Well worth viewing & even one for the blokes. Thanks Flicks!

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

What does register at every turn is a vibrant sense of time and place that pulls us into Hardy's bygone world even when the drama falters.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Mulligan's commanding performance is an easy beacon to follow: her Bathsheba is caught between the vulnerability of youth and the strength of knowing her own value.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's buoyant, pleasant and easygoing. That's a recommendation of sorts, and also an expression of disappointment.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's solid stuff; well played, affectionately told, and still stirring in its role reversals, both personal and political.

4.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

As a cinematic condensation, it mostly works, even if the pace sometimes feels a bit frantic.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Mulligan is spot-on, the rest hovers between solid and forgettable.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Nicely served on both sides of the camera, this is a concise and involving rendition.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Extremely well done and well acted, it's an attractive, appealing, involving adaptation, just not as iconic as the '60s film.

4.0
Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

flicks

A handsome adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 serial-turned-novel, bolstered by top-shelf casting and a star turn by the English countryside. After discovering an uncle has bequeathed his farm to her, orphaned heroine Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby) is determined she will run the estate with the same tenacity as a man, and proves successful.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

What does register at every turn is a vibrant sense of time and place that pulls us into Hardy's bygone world even when the drama falters.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Mulligan's commanding performance is an easy beacon to follow: her Bathsheba is caught between the vulnerability of youth and the strength of knowing her own value.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's buoyant, pleasant and easygoing. That's a recommendation of sorts, and also an expression of disappointment.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's solid stuff; well played, affectionately told, and still stirring in its role reversals, both personal and political.

4.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

As a cinematic condensation, it mostly works, even if the pace sometimes feels a bit frantic.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Mulligan is spot-on, the rest hovers between solid and forgettable.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Nicely served on both sides of the camera, this is a concise and involving rendition.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Extremely well done and well acted, it's an attractive, appealing, involving adaptation, just not as iconic as the '60s film.

4.0

Forgetable

Solid period film, slightly plodding. More BBC Sunday night TV fare than a feature film.

3.0

Spirited and full of charm

A charming film about the desire for love and for freedom, made ever more so by the talented Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene. Matthias Schoenaert's portrayal of Gabriel Oak was a good fit with an endearing performance. Micheal Sheen as William Boldwood and Tom Sturridge as Sgt. Francis (Frank) did a superb job of bringing the affluent lonely older...

4.0

Beautiful Adaptation, maybe would have been better as a mini series

This was a thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of classic piece of literature. The film lead, Carey Mulligan was amazing and her performance really shone through. The only issue I had, is a problem found in many film adaptations of books, is it felt like so much was missed by fitting it into a small time frame. In saying that, it was still a great story that...

3.0

Great story

A great film about a young woman who inherits a farm. Over the years she has three suitors vying for her affection. Carey Mulligan plays the young woman beautifully. She is one of my favourite actresses. She plays a very strong willed woman who wont be tied down by a man. If you love period films and are a fan of Carey Mulligan this is for you. I highly...

4.0

Victorian love story

I'm sure the ladies will give this more stars than me.

3.0

I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to this movie. When is it coming I wanted to take my Husband it's his birthday and tomorrow I wanted to go to the Hoyts at sunnybank but it's not on there so when is it?

Carey Mulligan is breath-taking

The film is very old-school, but the nature beauty and Carey Mulligan could make up for the outdated perception of human relations and love.

4.0

Charming Period Drama

Charming period drama with likeable characters. Satisfying plot & intrigue. Lovely English scenery. Well worth viewing & even one for the blokes. Thanks Flicks!

4.0