Sylvia

Sylvia

37%
  • 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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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

She sure was sad. Boy, look how sad she was. She must be bipolar or manic depressive or something. Sad, sad, sad. Oh, and then she killed herself. Sad, sad, sad.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C

November 20, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Gwyneth Paltrow, who has never made a secret of her obsession with Plath, turns in a worshipfully calculated and awards-worthy performance as her idol.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 20, 2003
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

To what degree this portrayal is accurate is beside the question - as drama it's inert, and as biography it's unilluminating.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: D

November 17, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is one of the better made and more believable films about poets, one that should be cherished for its rich depiction of its subjects.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

November 15, 2003
Richard C. Walls
Orlando Weekly

This could be very dreary stuff if it weren't for Gwyneth Paltrow, who is pitch perfect as Plath.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 14, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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A prestige picture that doesn't have a lot going for it beyond its serious intentions.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

November 13, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Has the requisite dark tone and superb performances, but it feels simplistic in its examination of the tortured mind of a gifted woman

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 9, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Paltrow does this role exceptionally well, but it is underwritten.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

November 6, 2003
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

Much of this film plays to the audience's subconscious, forced to deal with the spirals of perverse intertwinement.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 84/100

November 5, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Whether Plath's art and death were fueled by much beyond romance gone awry seems almost beside the point in this picture.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 4, 2003
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

The film's story is one that presents very little to dramatize, but that little has been dramatized very well.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 57/100

November 2, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

So dark, somber, and lifeless is this well-intentioned biography.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

November 2, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Cinema and poetry aren't merely disparate art forms but largely incompatible ones.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2003
Tiffany Sanchez
CinemaBlend.com

Paltrow delivers the most powerful performance of her career.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2003
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

You can learn more about Plath by reading the production notes than by seeing the movie.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Falls short of its goal.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2003
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

A biopic with little insight and fewer explanations.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2003
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Fails to reflect the enormous complexity of the tumultuous relationship between Ted Hughes and Plath.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2003
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

The film never overcomes its biggest handicap: Poets express their inner state through their poetry. In the end, this film has been denied Sylvia's voice.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

October 31, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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By choosing to make Hughes neither a monster nor sympathetic, the film likely will disappoint Plath acolytes while at the same time falling shy of being a revisionist interpretation of their relationship.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C

October 31, 2003
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