Atonement Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 4, 2008
..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 | Original Score: 85/100
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 6, 2007
Where McEwan whispers, Wright shouts.
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 13, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Figurines in a teacup set, shipped over in boxes labeled 'For your consideration'
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 7, 2007
A lushly shot, proficiently performed, and largely stultifying period piece that invites only mild, detached admiration.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
February 9, 2008
An overly-ambitious, ultimately unsatisfying adaptation of Ian McEwen's best-selling romance novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 13, 2008
Nothing ruins a pretty good movie more than calling it great, and with Atonement, even 'pretty good' feels like a stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
December 10, 2007
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.
Jeff Beresford-Howe
Film Threat
December 11, 2007
[T]his is a must to avoid, particularly because it appears to be selling the message that writing is, by nature, dishonest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 6, 2007
The arc and resolution don't feel nearly as absorbing and devastating as McEwan's masterful novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
January 3, 2008
Even without all of this bungled structure and flawed internal logic, Atonement still fizzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
December 7, 2007
A cinematic fellatio for anyone easily impressed by set and costume design.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 19, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 6, 2007
Atonement is an almost classical example of how pointless, how diminishing, the transmutation of literature into film can be.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 7, 2007
Atonement is not only too polite but maddeningly orderly, resulting in a prettily cast, professionally performed, impeccably mounted bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 10, 2007
Cleansing by self atonement doesn't hack it, and the resolution provided is something far less than satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
January 5, 2008
Defined by grand cinematic gestures that go nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
December 6, 2007
The transition from imagined drama to reality grows tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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