||Over all quality
|Pride & Prejudice [TV series]
||Supreme. Holds up to multiple screenings. Always something new to admire.
||Supreme acting and appeal. He doesn't miss a turn in delivering one of the most romantic figures in English literature, with every twist of Jane Austen's wit intact.
|Bridget Jones's Diary
||A dreamy 20th century Mr. Darcy - and we get to see more of Darcy being warm and human after the "thaw".
|A Month in the Country
||Excellent. Charming and poignant.
||Has such an inarticulate character ever been conveyed with such eloquence and emotional resonance?
||A favourite with some. For others, the story doesn't quite work.
||Yummy. Colin's Valmont goes from carefree flirt to worn-out manipulator without quite answering the question - did he love anybody?
|Shakespeare in Love
||Great movie, great ensemble Unusual and witty, with a fabulous soundtrack. Oscar awarded.
||Excellent, but not enough screen time. One of Colin's least interesting roles.
||Colin's Tommy Judd is terrific. This could be sensational eye candy (young Colin) if it weren't so much more - a moving depiction of the idealistic conviction, determination and suffering of youth. Excellent.
|Conspiracy [TV film]
|The English Patient
||Oscar awarded. To some this is their favourite movie of all time.
||Excellent but not enough.
Colin is totally wasted in this one... The director trashed his character to build up the lead.
|The One Before The Last [BBC radio play]
||Could listen to this forever.
||To hear Colin recite Brooke's famous poem If I should die... Brilliant! Just listen to that luscious voice slipping and sliding around, flirting, joking, being tormented, childish, tempting, caressing etc. Hear Colin kiss the back of his own hand and trying to sound passionate!
|Three Days of Rain
||Impressive! Colin's Walker/Ned stands out.
||Over all quality
|Tumbledown [TV film]
||War film too real...
||Excellent work. Simply the most electric, powerful performance Colin has ever given. So far.... He rises to every challenge this film has to offer.
|| Enjoyable. Nice comedy.
||Very funny, very distinct character. Believable, lovable yob. Lot's of lovely Colin moments (he's very good with comedy). Great to see Colin in a slightly off beat role.
||Cultish but good.
||One of his best tortured types. A brilliant performance that richly rewards viewing repression on the verge of breaking down into madness.
|The Hour of the Pig
aka The Advocate
|A wonderfully quirky film. Very funny film, excellent supporting cast.
||Very funny, very distinct character. Beautifully acted. Sex appeal.
|Master of the Moor [TV series]
||Good BBC fare.
||Terrific tortured type. So effective. Colin's Stephen Whalby is achingly confused and vulnerable. There are incredible scenes here, like the interrogation scene, to mention just one.
|Hostages [TV film]
||Docu-drama. Painful viewing and very intense film as long as it stays with the hostages. It loses something when it switches to the relatives.
|Donovan Quick [TV film]
||Not hard to watch.
||Idealism or madness? A really excellent performance in a sort of minor film.
|Lost Empires [TV series]
||Very long. A bit unfocused, this one never seems to go very deeply into its characters.
||Honest and appealing depiction
|My Life So Far
||Deligtful. Worth the prize of admission for Colin's final scene in the U.S. version
|Wings of Fame
||A little too arty, a little too glossy on the surface, but still interesting to watch. Cultish.
||Great looking: "different" character
|Dutch Girls [TV film]
||A very sweet, very silly, very appealing little film about adolescents and first love. Don't dare miss it!
||So young, so sweet, so real.
A must see, if only to watch Colin's Neal Truelove - so appealing.
|Out of the Blue [TV film]
||Oddball satire. Low budget, but lively and nicely acted.
Love Colin's willingness to be a self-centered bastard.
|Circle of Friends
||Enjoyable. A slight, appealing film, but don't go there if you are looking for good Colin viewing.
||Little screen time. You don't get much of him and that in a very unappealing character. The film doesn't show off Colin's character all that well, other than his willingness to look silly and not try to be heroic and likeable.
||Harmless. Not a great film. Old fashioned, old chestnut.
||Colin has lots of fun with his role and that's enjoyable to watch.
|Nineteen Nineteen [TV film]
||Cultish. Interesting film, but not enough Colin.
||Haunted young soul
|Blackadder Back and Forth [millennium feature /TV film]
||Not as good as others
||Over all quality
|Nostromo [TV series]
||Too big a story to be told as sharply focused as it needs to be. Rather heavy and long.
||Some excellent scenes. Not enough Colin.
|Deep Blue Sea [filmed London play]
||This one feels too much like a play - claustrophobic.
||Unappealing but on the mark. Colin looks too young to be this jaded. Another example of Colin's willingness to play un-heroic and unlikeable characters.
||Great cast, hopeless film. An embarrassingly bad movie for all concerned.
||Colin has his moments.
|The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd [TV play]
||Uneven. Excellent cast.
||Unrecognizable. His best scene is as a corpse!
|Secret Laughter of Women
||Colourful but hardly prizewinning.
||Eye candy. Slight on story but Colin looks wonderful!
Tries too hard to be enigmatic and interesting.
||Silly film. Forget the story. Check your common sense at the door and watch Joe Prince (Colin) - a real prince of a guy.
||Can't help loving him.
A must see, if only to see Joe Prince - so sweet, so appealing.
|A Thousand Acres
||A good book made so-so. Ruined a good book and the opportunity to make Colin shine as Jess. Not his fault, though.
||Eye candy. Colin is very good in a very small part that is underused.
|Tales from the Hollywood Hills [TV series]
||Dapper smart alec. A short piece so the character is not very developed. Colin is just fine, there's just not much to it.
|The Turn of the Screw [TV film]
||A so-so remake
||Not quite on the mark. He's there to sell viewers on the program.
|The Secret Garden
||Childrens's story. There are better adaptions.
||So sweet, little required. One scene does not much of a performance make. Save your money for the better ones.
|Comeback [audio book]
||Excellent storytelling. Try to keep track of Colin's characters: he lures you in with a different voice so you are compelled to listen to the story rather than him.
|Dreamtime [symphony with some poetry read by Colin]
||Brilliant oratory [few minutes]
||A very smarmy film. Some think it's worth a quick peek. Has voyeurism potential...
||Colin looks gorgeous, but seem ill at ease. This may actually be the worst performance Colin has ever given.
Unseen and therefore not rated
Another Country, London stage 1983
The Doctors Dilemma, London stage 1984
The Lonely Road, London stage 1985
Desire under the Elms, London stage 1987
The Caretaker, London stage 1991
Chatsky, London stage 1993
Two Planks and a Passion, radio play 1986
Crown Court, one episode in a TV series 1983
Londinium, film 1999 [not released yet]
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