• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Christine Jeffs
    In Theaters:
    Oct 31, 2003 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 10, 2004
  • Focus Features
  • Sylvia
    2 minutes 22 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Sylvia Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A Hollywood product that exploits sickness.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

November 25, 2007
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Gwyneth Paltrow is anything but engaging in this rarely interesting look at the life of author Sylvia Plath.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2006
Joe Utichi

Gwyneth Paltrow is a shining star and plays a faultless dramatic role.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 76/100

July 20, 2004
Kent Turner

Paltrow provides the depth that the script lacks, making a lot from very little.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 20, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

When it's all said and done, Plath had the courage of her convictions, and so does this honest movie.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 9, 2004
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It lacks an incisive viewpoint and keeps us emotionally at arm's length.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]

January 31, 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 Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 15, 2004
Stacie Hougland

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5

January 14, 2004
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

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 Source: Des Moines Register | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 19, 2003
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

Well acted and seriously mounted, but Sylvia the movie is, nevertheless, very boring.

Full Review Source: Film Experience

December 18, 2003
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Paltrow moves us as Plath, bringing poignant humanity to the character.

| Original Score: 6/10

December 11, 2003
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Excruciatingly dull. I shouted, "Hurry up and ice yourself already!" more than a few times.

| Original Score: 6/10

December 11, 2003
Nev Pierce

Atmospheric, elegant and thoughtful.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

December 5, 2003
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

December 5, 2003
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly

A literary la-bore of love

Full Review

December 1, 2003
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Cut through the enlightened pretense and it's Access Hollywood for people who eat pizza with a fork.

Full Review

November 21, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The overwhelmingly dark tone and bleak subject matter make this one of the most difficult-to-watch films in recent memory.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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 Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2003
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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 Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 21, 2003
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