The Cider House Rules Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Thought-provoking movie for teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Rooney
Variety
May 30, 2008
Hallstrom's film could have used more dramatic muscle but is nonetheless a touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Irving's clean, economical dialogue and Hallstrom's beautifully morose direction cut the fat off of the cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
A bouillabaisse of all the best soap opera elements - orphans, abortion, debilitating injuries and, of course, death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 22, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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...
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Hallstr÷m's humanism is possibly a little low key and romantic given such tough themes as abortion and incest.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
There's quality here and that's a real good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 26, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2003
Just as tepid and surface-level as Simon Birch was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Matthews
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
What's bizarre about the movie is how it grafts greeting-card schmaltz on to a muckraking liberal agenda.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It doesn't break anything, but it doesn't have to. I smiled a lot, sometimes had misty eyes and never lost interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Presents a fresh and forceful salute to the spiritual practice of self-esteem.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
[It] is a fable that turns into a 1940s New England variation on Charles Dickens. It is also one dickens of an American movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
A performance de Michael Caine representa, por si sˇ, motivo suficiente para qualquer um assistir a este filme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
When Larch says, "Good night, you kings of Maine, you princes of New England," the lump raised in the throat is not resented.
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