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2.0 out of 5 stars This hasn't aged well at all, 16 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Papillon [DVD] (DVD)
I watched this on TV very recently and couldn't believe just how bad it seems now. I vividly remember many years ago how many people raved about 'Papillon' when it was first shown on television but I missed it then and I saw bits of it each time it has been shown since. When it was shown a couple of months ago I decided to watch it in full once and for all. I wasn't impressed at all.

Firstly, the acting was average at best with Steve McQueen awkward and Dustin Hoffman generally overacting. The soundtrack was pretty awful and the editing was bizarre to say the least. The movie is also overlong and generally unconvincing. Believe me, I feel that I am being generous giving it two stars because this movie now seems dated and very overrated.
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Initial post: 2 Sep 2011 01:29:38 BDT
The Truth says:
How are you a top 500 reviewer? Your views are moronic and misguided.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2011 10:33:36 BDT
Moronic and misguided? My reviews are honest and obviously not many people agree with my review of 'Papillon'. I truthfully thought it was poor and can't change my mind just to please the many people that love this movie. How am I a top 500 reviewer? I guess that some people have agreed with me some of the time. I have found reviews to be extremely helpful to me at times, that's why I review things that I have seen or used.

The importance of a review is to be honest and if you think my review for this movie is bad, then you should see the response I got for the 'Pride and Prejudice' novel.

Posted on 16 Jul 2012 18:35:48 BDT
David Fuller says:
I agree with the review.
I think Steve McQueen is quite wrong for the role - even his shuffling around is unconvincing.
Steve McQueen is much better off being smug and silent, i.e. not having to do any acting.
And Dustin Hoffman, although he's the best thing in the movie, is rather hammy in this context.
The directing is rather flat and I felt uninvolved and unsympathetic for the most part.
I do remember being impressed when it was shown on TV in the late 70s but my expectations were lower then.

Posted on 3 Dec 2013 08:07:27 GMT
cant believe these comments! Steve Mcqueen awkward,for gods sake do you not know exceptional acting when you see one??
Papillon was and still is a masterpiece,there is not an actor past or present who cud have bettered his prison scenes SMH!!
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