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The Cider House Rules (1999)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 32

The Cider House Rules has wonderful performances, lovely visuals, and an old-fashioned feel.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 9

The Cider House Rules has wonderful performances, lovely visuals, and an old-fashioned feel.



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John Irving scripted this screen adaptation of his 1985 novel. Set during World War II, The Cider House Rules concerns Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), an orphan who spent most of his childhood at the St. Cloud Orphanage in rural Maine, where he grew up under the strong but affectionate care of Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine). Larch has passed along his medical education to Homer, and the young man helps the doctor care for abandoned children and the newborn babies of unwed mothers; however, Homer



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Hallstrom's film could have used more dramatic muscle but is nonetheless a touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Mr. Irving remains a disturbingly facile spinner of yarns in which the most sordid facts of life are glossed over into comfortably didactic homilies about the innate goodness of people. Yet, I was somehow moved...

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Hallström's humanism is possibly a little low key and romantic given such tough themes as abortion and incest.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[It] is a fable that turns into a 1940s New England variation on Charles Dickens. It is also one dickens of an American movie.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's not a story so much as a reverie about possible stories.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Thought-provoking movie for teens and up.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Irving's clean, economical dialogue and Hallstrom's beautifully morose direction cut the fat off of the cliches.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

A bouillabaisse of all the best soap opera elements - orphans, abortion, debilitating injuries and, of course, death.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

A softer, kinder version of John Irving's book, which was edgier and more critical, though you can't blame the filmmakers since Irving himself adapted his novel.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

There's quality here and that's a real good thing.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Not since The World According to Garp has a movie based on a John Irving novel captured the wry realism of the author's work.

June 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Just as tepid and surface-level as Simon Birch was.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It blends romance with the love of children, the warmth of family with the darker side of human nature, and the all-encompassing belief that everything has a purpose.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

What the film is really about are CHOICES: the need to make them, how they affect others, and actively dealing with the repercussions of your actions.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

What's bizarre about the movie is how it grafts greeting-card schmaltz on to a muckraking liberal agenda.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

It is worth mentioning that this movie looks like a million bucks; cinematographer Oliver Stapleton drenches the scenery in rich, antique tones that add luster to the story's poignant emotion.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

It doesn't break anything, but it doesn't have to. I smiled a lot, sometimes had misty eyes and never lost interest.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Presents a fresh and forceful salute to the spiritual practice of self-esteem.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

an extremely pretty movie to look at and listen to, but although Irving's basic plot remains, the richness of his prose hasn't truly transferred to the screen.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A performance de Michael Caine representa, por si só, motivo suficiente para qualquer um assistir a este filme.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

When Larch says, "Good night, you kings of Maine, you princes of New England," the lump raised in the throat is not resented.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for The Cider House Rules

Beautifully done movie...
June 9, 2013

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Cider House is worth watching more than once. About orphans, ether overdoses, first love, abortions and duty.
June 3, 2012

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Engaging story of the complicated relationshop between a father and a son and the orphanage they run. While the very word "orphanage" conjures visions of such mawkish emotionalism that one is prepared to ignor the film outright, the screenplay (an adaptation of his novel) by Irving and a sure hand by director (Hallestrom) make this visit to Maine a very worthy expedition.
September 26, 2011

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    1. Dr. Wilbur Larch: Dr. Wilbur Larch: Good night, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.
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    1. Dr. Wilbur Larch: I had hoped to become a hero. But in St. Cloud's, there was no such position. In the lonely, sordid world of lost children, there were no heroes to be found. And so I became the caretaker of many, father of none. Well, in a way, there was one. His name was Homer Wells.
    – Submitted by Sara T (22 months ago)
    1. Mr. Rose: That's right. That's the truth. I'm just tryin' to put things straight. Sometimes, ya gotta break some rules, to put things straight.
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    1. Dr. Wilbur Larch: 'Sorry'? I'm not sorry. Not for anything I've done. I'm not even sorry that I love you.
    – Submitted by Sara T (22 months ago)
    1. Dr. Wilbur Larch: I know it's against the law. I ask you, what has the law ever done for this place?
    – Submitted by Sara T (22 months ago)
    1. Homer Wells: I've looked at so many women. I've seen everything, and felt nothing. But when I look at you, it hurts.
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