Cinema: The New Pictures, Aug. 1, 1960

Sons and Lovers (20th Century-Fox) effectively translates a fine novel into film. The acting, in particular, is exceptional. Wendy Hiller is repellently pitiable as the carnivorous mother who entraps D. H. Lawrence's hero. Dean Stockwell fits exactly the author's descriptions of Paul Morel, the almost girlish young artist who calls his mother "pigeon" and dotes on her doting. Heather Sears and Mary Ure are appealing as the young women with whom, and by means of whom, Paul tries to break free; their characterizations are deep enough to show that each girl is in...

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