..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.
| Original Score: 85/100
Where McEwan whispers, Wright shouts.
[U]ltimately, the movie amounts to rolling lawns, lovely costumes, and characters that simply fail to resonate.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frustratingly uneven, struggling to maintain momentum as it lurches through extended lulls and indulges in cliched genre affectations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Figurines in a teacup set, shipped over in boxes labeled 'For your consideration'
A lushly shot, proficiently performed, and largely stultifying period piece that invites only mild, detached admiration.
| Original Score: C+
An overly-ambitious, ultimately unsatisfying adaptation of Ian McEwen's best-selling romance novel.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nothing ruins a pretty good movie more than calling it great, and with Atonement, even 'pretty good' feels like a stretch.
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.
[T]his is a must to avoid, particularly because it appears to be selling the message that writing is, by nature, dishonest.
The arc and resolution don't feel nearly as absorbing and devastating as McEwan's masterful novel.
Even without all of this bungled structure and flawed internal logic, Atonement still fizzles.
A cinematic fellatio for anyone easily impressed by set and costume design.
| Original Score: C
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.
Atonement is an almost classical example of how pointless, how diminishing, the transmutation of literature into film can be.
| Original Score: 2/5
Atonement is not only too polite but maddeningly orderly, resulting in a prettily cast, professionally performed, impeccably mounted bore.
Cleansing by self atonement doesn't hack it, and the resolution provided is something far less than satisfying.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Defined by grand cinematic gestures that go nowhere.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The transition from imagined drama to reality grows tedious.
| Original Score: 3/5