• R, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Joe Wright
    In Theaters:
    Sep 7, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 18, 2008
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Atonement Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

..you must admire the precision of Wright's craft and the accuracy of the performances of all the actors -- if you're a certain kind of moviegoer you likely won't care that you don't believe a word of it.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 85/100

January 4, 2008
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Where McEwan whispers, Wright shouts.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 6, 2007

[U]ltimately, the movie amounts to rolling lawns, lovely costumes, and characters that simply fail to resonate.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The regret I felt the most while watching Atonement was not Briony's, but my own for having gotten myself stuck in two hours of drudgery.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 13, 2007
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Frustratingly uneven, struggling to maintain momentum as it lurches through extended lulls and indulges in cliched genre affectations.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 27, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Figurines in a teacup set, shipped over in boxes labeled 'For your consideration'

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A lushly shot, proficiently performed, and largely stultifying period piece that invites only mild, detached admiration.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C+

December 7, 2007
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

An overly-ambitious, ultimately unsatisfying adaptation of Ian McEwen's best-selling romance novel.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

February 9, 2008
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Nothing ruins a pretty good movie more than calling it great, and with Atonement, even 'pretty good' feels like a stretch.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C+

January 13, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Keira's tragic hottie pays for the guilty pleasure of an innocent stolen kiss from a servant's son (James McAvoy), with a lifetime of suffering and personal pain.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

December 10, 2007
Jeff Beresford-Howe
Film Threat

[T]his is a must to avoid, particularly because it appears to be selling the message that writing is, by nature, dishonest.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The arc and resolution don't feel nearly as absorbing and devastating as McEwan's masterful novel.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 6, 2007
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

Even without all of this bungled structure and flawed internal logic, Atonement still fizzles.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 3, 2008
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

A cinematic fellatio for anyone easily impressed by set and costume design.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: C

December 7, 2007
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

There's no sinking into "Atonement," no losing yourself to it, no moment when the screen fades away and the story and the characters come to the fore to overcome you.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C+

December 19, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Atonement is an almost classical example of how pointless, how diminishing, the transmutation of literature into film can be.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Atonement is not only too polite but maddeningly orderly, resulting in a prettily cast, professionally performed, impeccably mounted bore.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2007
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Cleansing by self atonement doesn't hack it, and the resolution provided is something far less than satisfying.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 10, 2007
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Defined by grand cinematic gestures that go nowhere.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 5, 2008
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

The transition from imagined drama to reality grows tedious.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2007
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