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Far From Heaven Reviews

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Steffen Silvis
Willamette Week

Far From Heaven should create a wider audience for Haynes, long considered one of America's leading independent directors.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week

April 1, 2014
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 1, 2014
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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We are left wondering why, in any case, an imitation Sirk was needed, what appetite or interest it might fill. Even with its latter-day (modified) frankness, Far From Heaven is only thin glamour that lacks a tacit wry base.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

April 1, 2014
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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With tact and care, the movie digs into all the subjects that lay concealed below the surface when Max Ophuls and Douglas Sirk were filming their own melodramas in the nineteen-fifties.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 1, 2014
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Quaid makes a decent man's anguish richly palpable. Moore makes us feel hidden frenzy with a cool and ultimately heartbreaking grace.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 1, 2014
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Haynes doesn't simply take a Norman Rockwell setting and release the hounds, either. He deals with these issues directly, but gently, as if his and Sirk's audiences were the same.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 1, 2014
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Todd Haynes has crafted a feature-length homage to Sirk that succeeds both on its own terms and as the Sirk film that could never have been made in his own lifetime.

Full Review Source: AV Club

April 1, 2014
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Could Haynes go on making films if the health police were ever to let up? He apparently needs to define himself in opposition to their controlling mindset.

Full Review Source: The Nation

April 1, 2014
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

Moore gives one of the year's great performances -- subtle, lingeringly rich -- in director Todd Haynes's peculiar revisionist homage to old Hollywood women's pictures.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

April 1, 2014
Alan Jones
Radio Times

This exquisite evocation of the 1950s tear-jerkers of director Douglas Sirk is gorgeously designed, stunningly photographed, ravishingly scored and beautifully acted.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 1, 2014

Total Film

The arthouse Pleasantville, this handsomely crafted facsimile of '50s melodrama is unengaging and redundant, the lacquered artifice erecting a barrier between screen and audience.

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

April 1, 2014
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Haynes' loving homage to the Technicolor female-driven melodramas of the 1950s looks and feels so authentic, it will make you forget you are watching a new movie.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 1, 2014
Erin Podolsky
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A takeoff on Douglas Sirk's overwrought, color-saturated 1950s melodramas that rises above its camp roots and converts artifice into art.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 1, 2014
Mike Goodridge
Screen International

[Haynes'] discomfiting ability to get under the puritanical skin of the US is hampered here by the confines of imitative homage.

Full Review Source: Screen International

April 1, 2014
Emanuel Levy

Haynes' most fully realized and commercially succesful feature to date is that rare thing, a meticulous homage to Douglas Sirk as well as a poignant drama in its own right.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

July 6, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Sensitive, mature melodrama about sexuality in the 1950s.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 24, 2010
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

One of the most beautiful looking and surprising films of the year.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

July 6, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's evident that the movie is in love with itself.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2009
Michael Dequina

One of those films that hits just about every of its intended notes right that descriptions seem moot.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 29, 2009
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

One of most experimental and inebriating films of the year.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 5/5

August 7, 2008
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