In turning the poet's life into a package, the filmmakers have done a disservice both to her memory and to their audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Plath might have been the stupid cow that Paltrow plays, the stubbornly ambitious, jealous demonbit genius discontent, immune to the ordinary joys of life.
| Original Score: 82/100
A standard melodrama that takes its grim tragedy and encases it in a veneer of self-conscious artsyness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gwyneth Paltrow portrays American writer Sylvia Plath in this torturous biopic... it's good, but sufficiently interesting only for history/writing aficionados.
| Original Score: C+
Sylvia follows in the footsteps of such recent biographical films as Pollock and the superlative Frida, but fails to capture the elements that made the author's work.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
| Original Score: C
The lead performances lift the film above melodrama, but they also expose the glaring holes in the screenplay.
Cinema and poetry aren't merely disparate art forms but largely incompatible ones.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christine Jeffs' timid direction and screenwriter John Brownlow's flimsy script set up each scene so that it only telegraphs the next; no single scene ever comes to life on its own terms.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A Hollywood product that exploits sickness.
I have seen many awful author biopics ("Iris" being especially terrible) but I can't think of one that I have loathed as much as I loathe 'Sylvia'...
A biopic with little insight and fewer explanations.
more stock is put into getting the facts right than in creating much interest in them.
| Original Score: 2/5
Spelled out in a series of such bald-faced grandiloquent gestures, Sylvia is a Lifetime bio-pic set in a BBC melodrama's charcoal gray gloom and squalor.
Sylvia is one big foregone conclusion.
May provide additional insights for those with an intimate knowledge of Sylvia Plath's aching poetry. For anyone else, it's a waste of time.
| Original Score: 5/10
Paltrow provides the depth that the script lacks, making a lot from very little.
An aerial view, so to speak, of the 20th century's great literary soap.