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The Human Stain Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 18, 2013
So finely tooled that it feels like it ought to be bound in Morocco leather and placed on a display case in a department store for a last minute Christmas gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Flawed adaptation of Roth's novel isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 18, 2007
Casting a stain.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Emanuel Levy
August 2, 2007
Both Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins are vastly miscast in Robert Benton's poor adaptation of Philip Roth's poignant novel, one of the few works about contempo academic battlefields.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Clark
June 20, 2005
The acting is phenomenal (especially Harris), and the film will be a nice challenge for those in search of one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 17, 2004
One of the most underrated pictures of 2003.
| Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
The film's frame groans in its attempt to contain such a complex story, and its actors ask us to accept implausible things... but it's ultimately rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 28, 2004
A tricky adaptation of an unlikely novel that nevertheless goes almost as wrong as possible...prey to the most amateur varieties of structural and tonal errors.
Full Review | Original Score: F
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 11, 2004
...a potboiler disguised as a work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kent Turner
April 9, 2004
In an obvious stretch, Kidman's acting calls attention to itself, especially with her broad gestures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
Sight and Sound
March 2, 2004
It is a well-dressed, good-looking wax dummy of a film.
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 28, 2004
a well-acted misfire...
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 24, 2004
Watching Kidman mop floors impressed me with same effect as seeing George W. Bush fly a fighter jet.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 11, 2004
Além das péssimas escalações de Hopkins e Kidman, que simplesmente não convencem em seus papéis, o filme ainda sofre em função do roteiro sem foco de Meyer.
| Original Score: 2/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
It's a thought-provoking, unusually intelligent and well-acted film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
February 2, 2004
A valiant attempt to bring a difficult book (Philip Roth's 'The Human Stain') to the screen that's undermined by the added distraction of Nicole Kidman as a char lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 21, 2004
Sensitively written and directed but spectacularly miscast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jason Anderson
January 15, 2004
There are some terrific scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 13, 2004
A well-acted and well-intentioned film, but the plot is laughably inept.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
The Human Stain is an interesting film that doesn't quite work. [It] is probably the best film version possible of what is essentially an unfilmable work.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
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