The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

1969

Action / Drama / Romance

24
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 7316

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Maggie Smith as Jean Brodie
Robert Stephens as Teddy Lloyd
Gordon Jackson as Gordon Lowther
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Controversial subject matter

I found THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE a surprisingly unpleasant little film that feels dated in a bad way. The setting is Edinburgh, where the prim and proper Miss Brodie - played by Maggie Smith with an exemplary Scots accent - attempts to teach her female pupils about life and love in order to ready them for the world. Unfortunately, much of the running time is hampered by the interventions of an extremely sleazy art teacher, played by Robert Stephens. Scenes in which he paints one of his pupils in the nude (Pamela Franklin, the child actress from the likes of THE INNOCENTS) and then proceeds to cavort with her feel deeply dodgy when seen with modern eyes and I found his character's behaviour unforgiveable. The rest is meandering, painting portraits of all-too-cold characters, failing to make any of them likeable, Smith included, and watchable only for a few old hands (Gordon Jackson, Celia Johnson) in support.

Reviewed by Pat Rowlings 9 / 10

The Spectacular Prime Of Miss Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith was already a major star in her native England and 4 years before she had earned an Oscar nomination in the supporting category for her Desdemona in "Othello" with Laurence Olivier but her Jean Brodie arrived to revolutionize everything, specially her own career. She won an Oscar and her win was considered one of the great upsets in the Academy's history. Watching The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie 48 years after its original release, told me that the Academy got it right then. Her performance is, quite simply, extraordinary. She's not playing a regular human being, no, she's playing a sort of benign monster, full of good intentions but, goodness, she's mad, mad as a hatter and from that point of view, she's truly dangerous. Maggie Smith goes for it, body and soul, Her confrontation of her superior, played magnificently by Celia Johnson, is of such power that I had to rewind immediately and see it again once, twice, three times. Superlative.

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 9 / 10

Venerate Without Thought

When Miss Brodie talks to her girls, she has an agenda. That is to recreate herself. She has established what she feels are the necessities to succeed in the world. There is one student in particular who exhibits that which she is preaching. The kicker, of course, is that if she is another Jean Brodie, she doesn't need anyone else. And this begins to happen. Unfortunately, the other girls don't have the where-with-all to be what she wishes. They begin gravitating toward the girl and away from their teacher. But this is about the wonderful performers, Maggie Smith in particular. Like my favorite, Anthony Hopkins, her performances are stellar and this, for some, is her best. Another star of the movie is the school and the 1930's setting. Her ideas predate what we believe today.

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