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Far From Heaven Reviews

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
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
David Rooney
Variety
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An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 11, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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It may be a movie about movies, but the artifice doesn't contradict the movie's plangent emotional realism. Moore's stunning, subtle performance as a woman trapped in the conventions of her time encapsulates the film's brave, double-edged beauty.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Exultant in both its artifice and its cruel honesty, it's a movie Sirk would make today - and, as such, it's quite brilliant.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Haynes is interested in exploring deeper issues than a little country-club gossip. And he makes sure that the pretty pictures don't lead us to forget that.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 19, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Achieves the same sentimentality as the Sirk films, and in much the same way.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

January 16, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Though less obviously a tour de force than many flashier recent art films, such as Alexander Sokurov's one-take feature Russian Ark, it's no less impressive as a technical achievement.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 4/4

November 29, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Well worth seeing for its visual approximation of the Douglas Sirk-Ross Hunter 'women's pictures' of the 50's.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 22, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Deftly navigates the line between high art and mainstream entertainment.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 22, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Well-written, nicely acted and beautifully shot and scored, the film works on several levels, openly questioning social mores while ensnaring the audience with its emotional pull.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: A-

November 22, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Stylish, affectionate and acutely knowing.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Haynes' greatest accomplishment, beyond his impeccable craftsmanship and his connection with his actors, is in the way he respects the facade while tearing it away.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

November 22, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Sirk would be proud.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

November 21, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A ravishingly beautiful film.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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If it's ultimately a failure -- and I think it is -- it's still worth seeing, because it's the most ambitious and magnificent failure in recent memory.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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It's a film that's loving toward all concerned, even when they cause each other pain. And it is overwhelmingly, refreshingly sincere even while being revisionist.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2002
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What Moore does on-screen here is absolutely beguiling.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A richly imagined and admirably mature work from a gifted director who definitely has something on his mind.

| Original Score: B+

November 15, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The very pleasing result: a movie that goes without hesitation for the major-chord emotions. A movie that needs hankies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 15, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The movie has the sense of being embalmed, or pickled.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 15, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Because the film deliberately lacks irony, it has a genuine dramatic impact; it plays like a powerful 1957 drama we've somehow never seen before.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2002
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Hits your heart, tickles your head and gives a little extra bonus to those of us who salivate over cinematography and set design.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

November 14, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The deep, dark sadness of Haynes' movie casts a beautiful, powerful spell.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

November 14, 2002
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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This imitation of life comes tantalizingly close to greatness, then settles for being smart without much heart.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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There's an incongruous but ravishing beauty in Far From Heaven, and in its three excellent central performances, that counteracts the seeming kitschiness of the story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 14, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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By surrounding us with hyper-artificiality, Haynes makes us see familiar issues, like racism and homophobia, in a fresh way.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

November 14, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This film is a triumph of art direction and acting, with Moore, Quaid and Haysbert giving performances that feel authentic to the time even as they explore subjects and feelings that were at best implied in movies of that period.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 11, 2002
David Edelstein
Slate
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It's so intimate, accessible, and passionate that it makes every other current movie seem anemic. It makes even Sirk seem anemic.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 9, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Moore's performance impresses almost as much as her work with Haynes in 1995's Safe.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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Its core is a nugget of emotional truth and longing that's irresistible, and inextricably tied to a power so purely cinematic you wonder why so many other directors even bother.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Moore, who has a particular genius for communicating compassionate, if not fully conscious characters, makes the pathos believable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Perhaps the year's most daring and fully realized movie.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2002
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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A movie for hardcore film geeks and regular folk alike, a stunning, and stunningly improbable, fusion of postmodern pastiche and old-school Hollywood melodrama.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 8, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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It rediscovers the aching, desiring humanity in a genre -- and a period -- too often subjected to easy parody or ironic appropriation. In a word, it's divine.

Full Review Source: New York Times

November 7, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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The film's three leads are extraordinary, but what Moore does with her role is so beyond the parameters of what we call great acting that it nearly defies categorization.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

November 7, 2002
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Haynes' movie, a sumptuously autumnal tale of grand passion brewed in a suffocating climate of repression and desire, is also an unabashedly loving, slyly subversive homage to the maternal melodramas of that era.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 7, 2002
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Every element in Far From Heaven harmonizes, in the kind of colossal achievement that revives my faith in movies and keeps me coming back for more.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 6, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A powerful and telling story that examines forbidden love, racial tension, and other issues that are as valid today as they were in the 1950s.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 6, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Without resorting to camp or parody, Haynes (like Sirk, but differently) has transformed the rhetoric of Hollywood melodrama into something provocative, rich, and strange.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 5, 2002
Mike D'Angelo
Time Out New York
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Visually ravishing, subtly provocative, both entertainment and dissertation.

| Original Score: 67/100

November 4, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Far From Heaven is a dazzling conceptual feat, but more than that, it's a work of enthralling drama.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

October 31, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Haynes makes you drunk on movies again, on raw emotion delivered without the cushion of irony.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 4/4

October 25, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Pulls you in on the strength of its pathos while delighting you with the retrofit boldness of its technique and conventions.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 5/5

September 30, 2002
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite the terrific look and perfectly pitched performances by leads Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert, there's a camp undercurrent that keeps interfering with any real dramatic impact.

September 5, 2002
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