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Sylvia Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A Hollywood product that exploits sickness.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2007
Plath might have been the stupid cow that Paltrow plays, the stubbornly ambitious, jealous demonbit genius discontent, immune to the ordinary joys of life.
Full Review| Original Score: 82/100
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 8, 2006
Gwyneth Paltrow is anything but engaging in this rarely interesting look at the life of author Sylvia Plath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
Gwyneth Paltrow is a shining star and plays a faultless dramatic role.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Kent Turner
April 20, 2004
Paltrow provides the depth that the script lacks, making a lot from very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
When it's all said and done, Plath had the courage of her convictions, and so does this honest movie.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
January 31, 2004
It lacks an incisive viewpoint and keeps us emotionally at arm's length.
January 15, 2004
Not the last word on the subject by any means, but it is a solid entry into the canon that sensibly resists beatification or crucifixion of the Ariel poet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stacie Hougland
January 14, 2004
Good as Paltrow is, Sylvia reduces an intensely brilliant, haunted writer into a weepy, morose slacker whose overriding concern is where her husband is at all hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
December 19, 2003
If movies were regulated like medications, the label for "Sylvia" would say: "Warning: This film is so depressing it will suck every ounce of holiday cheer from your soul."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
December 18, 2003
Well acted and seriously mounted, but Sylvia the movie is, nevertheless, very boring.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 11, 2003
Paltrow moves us as Plath, bringing poignant humanity to the character.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
December 11, 2003
Excruciatingly dull. I shouted, "Hurry up and ice yourself already!" more than a few times.
| Original Score: 6/10
Nev Pierce
December 5, 2003
Atmospheric, elegant and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 5, 2003
Since the filmmakers had no access to the private self as expressed in Plath's body of work, Sylvia is limited to her public life, which was her death. The result feels like art imitating life, once removed.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
December 1, 2003
A literary la-bore of love
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Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 21, 2003
Cut through the enlightened pretense and it's Access Hollywood for people who eat pizza with a fork.
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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 21, 2003
The overwhelmingly dark tone and bleak subject matter make this one of the most difficult-to-watch films in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 21, 2003
While [the movie] catalogs the stormy ups-and-downs of their marriage, [it does] little to illuminate Plath's writing or her fragile mental state.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 21, 2003
In turning the poet's life into a package, the filmmakers have done a disservice both to her memory and to their audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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