The Crucible Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 17, 2013
Then there's always Mr. Scofield, bringing an almost unbearable, yet entirely believable, lightness of spirit to his loathsome character. It's a bold stroke by a great actor, making zealotry and evil seem positively beneficent.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
May 17, 2013
I recommend Hytner's movie highly, but a part of me resists a work that makes the audience feel as noble in our moral certainty as the characters it invites us to deplore. Some part of its power seems borrowed from the thing it hates.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 17, 2013
Her cheeks flush, her winsome beauty seared with erotic rage, Ryder exposes the real roots of the piece. Forget McCarthyism; The Crucible is a colonial Fatal Attraction.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 17, 2013
The story's sickening spiral into madness is preserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
May 17, 2013
An intelligent and gripping epic.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 2013
I very much admire how Hytner... keeps the pace swift and doesn't fetishize the 17th-century decors and clothes. But I can't help feeling that in more ways than one, The Crucible is a period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 17, 2013
What happened in long-ago Salem does still seem to matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 17, 2013
The story is unchanged, but its theme relates surprisingly well to today's versions of the bias and scapegoating that Miller rightly deplores.
Neil Cohen
Echo Magazine
July 29, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 30, 2006
It couldn't be more timely or relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Hytner holds the action together with solid, unflashy, well-paced direction, ensuring that this is no mere period piece but a compelling, pertinent account of human fear, frailty and cold ambition.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 11, 2005
Perfectly captures the air of hysteria and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 9, 2005
Nothing in the movie is quite up to Scofield's Danforth. But what a mighty performance that is!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
Arthur Miller's story of hysteria, persecution and social injustice, is classy and powerful with some marvelous acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 16, 2004
Superb adaptation is as topical as ever, with its trenchant themes of hypocrisy, hate-mongering and political coups d'etat crawling all over each other like worms in a can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 16, 2003
Worth watching. Good message. Not such a good film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Day-Lewis, Ryder and Scofield will be odds-on favorites for Oscar nominations, as will the movie itself.
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