Atonement Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
December 28, 2010
Atonement's goal is so ephemeral that film may not be able to do it complete justice. All that said, it's still a fantastic piece of craftsmanship, benefiting from loving direction and excellent performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
An epic, grandiose, and immensely sad film, Atonement is an extremely well crafted, visually rich love story set during a tumultuous time of war, where two impassioned characters are forever torn apart by the selfish jealousy of another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Figurines in a teacup set, shipped over in boxes labeled 'For your consideration'
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 27, 2009
Frustratingly uneven, struggling to maintain momentum as it lurches through extended lulls and indulges in cliched genre affectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dragan Antulov
Index.hr
July 15, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 28, 2009
Players outshine the script
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton tap into the underlying passion and pathos from which all the absurdity, irony, and poetry follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Ranks among the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
It's a romantic epic, set in the past, featuring some beautiful imagery, high drama and terrific performances from its small, all British cast. It's also (which isn't always a given when it comes to Best Picture contenders) a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
October 18, 2008
Atonement may look and sound like a Best Picture candidate, but that's all Wright's doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Joe Wright directs Atonement with an eye to framing each performance with spectacularly vivid images, including a genuinely breathtaking tracking shot on the bloody, wreckage-strewn beach at Dunkirk.
Top Critic
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
Atonement is a film out of balance, nimble enough in its first half but oddly scattered and ungainly once it leaves the grounds of the Tallis estate.
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 2, 2008
As beautiful as it is thought-provoking and soulful.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 17, 2008
not a Jane Austin story, but it could be, if Jane Austin hardened up her subject matter a bit
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 15, 2008
Few films this year were as magnificent looking and few as misunderstood.
May 1, 2008
[U]ltimately, the movie amounts to rolling lawns, lovely costumes, and characters that simply fail to resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
April 15, 2008
Director Joe Wright is quickly establishing himself as a powerhouse adapter of period romance tomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 25, 2008
At some points Wright appears to be simply showing off the dexterity of his visual ambitions to the detriment of the story's emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 17, 2008
the film actually transcends the novel at times, due in no small part to Seamus McGarvey's fluid camera work.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
Ronan has a remarkably self-possessed, haunted quality that would be impressive for a newcomer of any age.
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