The World According to Garp
The World According to Garp (1982)

The 1982 film version of the John Irving novel The World According to Garp attempts to captures the quirky spirit while condensing the Irving original. Robin Williams plays the title character, the son of unmarried, unorthodox feminist… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 23, 1982
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bruce McCabe
Boston Globe

[George Roy] Hill's "Garp" is a dense, rich, textured work, a sequence of scenes ultimately creating a complex, complicated life, one that is at once funny, horrifying and heartbreaking.

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Haley Tiresius
Transgender Tapestry

There is art and subtlety in the role [of Roberta] as it is written for the movie; and there is artistry and subtlety in the way the role is acted by John Lithgow.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Robin Williams displays the acting chops that would later win him an Oscar

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Something has to be wrong with a film that can take material as intractable as Garp and make it palatable.

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Molly Haskell

Casting Robin Williams in the role was a stroke of genius.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Good effort, sometimes nearly great

Jay Boyar
Buffalo Courier-Express

There is no doubt that what Hill has accomplished is titillating. But some very powerful emotions are trashed in this movie, and some tender sensibilities are trampled on.

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Susan Shapiro

If the tragedy of this movie is its subliminal sexism, perhaps its hope lies in a sequel: The World According to Jenny.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

True to the spirit of the novel, the film compels us to consider the ambiguities of love, death, sex, and violence that characterize modern life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A very strange and unabashed tale of the eccentric, John Irving's novel of the same name has been adapted into the story of T.S. Garp, a man whose life has… More
Tim Sigur
It's the rare kind of movie that makes you want to read the book because I can only imagine how good that is. I also want to go rent more George Roy Hill… More
Kevin M. Williams
Scattershot cutaway look at John Irving's involving work ain't too bad, but the large source material refuses to be simply condensed into movie form… More
Dean McKenna
Dazzling! Magnificent drama movie! The acting is impressive, with first-rate turns by Robin Williams as the title role, Glenn Close as his mother, and John… More
Lucas Martins
Drama, comedy and romance. A wonderful film, full of surprises, showing delicate theme, how: bastard sons, homosexuality, feminism, adultery and infantile… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A quirky drama about the life of Garp (Robin Williams) with some funny happenings thrown in. It's an interesting life he had. His nurse mother Glenn Close… More