Shadowlands Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Biting down on his pipe, his shirt collar permanently askew, Hopkins assays another concerted study in English repression -- a condition unexpectedly relieved by Winger's brash intelligence and brittle wit.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
November 30, 2005
Superlative acting by Hopkins and Winger elevates this fictionalized late-in-life romance between the repressed British scholar and writer C.S. Lewis and the American Jewish housewife-poet who introduces him to sex and rejuvenates his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 6, 2005
This is the biggest tear-jerker you could ever see.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
November 18, 2003
Really Touching stuff. Performances get no better
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Here is Mr. Hopkins giving an amazingly versatile and moving performance, shifting the light in those knowing blue eyes to reveal endless shadings between delight and sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 22, 2002
Glossy and effective, but not as good as the Joss Ackland version.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
Anthony Hopkins gives one of his best performances (there are so many) in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2002
A deeply personal and moving love story filled with many moments of beauty, joy and healing.
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
A great weepy for people of all sexes
| Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Debra Winger is engaging and Anthony Hopkins is bloody marvelous.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It understands that not everyone falls into love through the avenue of physical desire; that for some, the lust may be for another's mind, for inner beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Shadowlands is illuminated from beginning to end by Hopkins. This may be the best thing he's ever done.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A high-class tear-jerker about the romance of repressed British writer C.S. Lewis with feisty American poet Joy Gresham.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
There are so many things special about this movie it is hard to know where to begin...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Richard Attenborough tackles yet another "true story" and this time comes away with something quite a bit more substantial than Robert Downey, Jr. in greasepaint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
One of the most underrated tear-jerking melodramas of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
If Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger aren't careful, they're likely to knock themselves out of contention for Academy Award nominations by doing too much excellent work in one year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Anthony Hopkins just gets better and better as a film actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Sit back, watch a master at work, and never once believe that you're not observing the real C.S. Lewis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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