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The Human Stain Reviews

David Ansen
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November 1, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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August 7, 2004
David Edelstein
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One of those films that makes you say, 'That was powerful. Now what the hell was it about?'

Full Review Source: Slate

November 3, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... solid but not great.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 3, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 1, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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It is hard to buy what The Human Stain is peddling.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2003
Charles Taylor
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The Human Stain takes a complex work of literary art and reduces it to tasteful melodrama.

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November 1, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Works wonderfully as an actor's movie. The trouble is, that's the only way it works.

October 31, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The problem is that neither Kidman nor Hopkins seems to know what movie they are in.

October 31, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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The stain of seriousness spreads over everything in this movie, eventually blocking out everything but the effort.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

October 31, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There are moments ... that find both truth and lyricism, touching on what it means to be alive, and on what we owe to the ghosts of the past.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Falls victim to a fatal lack of narrative drive, suspense and drama.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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When Kidman's on screen, the film catches fire. Otherwise, it remains unignited.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 31, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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But audiences truly fascinated with the issues it touches upon -- class and sex, race and identity -- would be better off to search out the source material that delves into them deeply.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

October 31, 2003
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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A compelling, sexy and often moving film.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2003
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Nicole Kidman as a milkmaid leading a hardscrabble existence? If you say so.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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It's a respectable effort that doesn't quite gel, but not for lack of trying.

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

October 31, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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It neatly illustrates the perils of kidnapping a decent novel from its rightful home and exposing the vulnerable thing to the glare of a Hollywood camera.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A platinum-class production that tackles the major hot-button issue of American racism and yet somehow never manages to connect emotionally either through its main characters or story.

| Original Score: C-

October 31, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Supporting performances aside, The Human Stain leaves little impression.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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It's a well-intended failure. Benton may have been trying for an American tragedy, but it's possible he wound up with a sympathy card instead.

| Original Score: C+

October 31, 2003
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Rushes from the personal to the universal in an exhilarating victory for storytelling.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here are complex, troubled, flawed people, brave enough to breathe deeply and take one more risk with their lives.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Benton, miraculously, has achieved the worst of both worlds. He has laid bare a great author's creaky plotting only to deliver a melodrama with bookish pretensions.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The filmmakers explicate Mr. Roth's themes with admirable clarity and care and observe his characters with delicate fondness, but they cannot hope to approximate the brilliance and rapacity of his voice.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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How does one even begin to list the imperfections of The Human Stain?

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 30, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The movie is fully worthy of the book, and will reach many people who might not have enjoyed the delightful experience of gliding through Mr. Roth's trenchant and zestful prose on the human condition.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 30, 2003
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Benton and Mayer have gutted the novel's uncivil, discomforting viscera -- including Roth's pokes at political correctness -- and delivered an uninteresting, at times comically inappropriate 'tasteful' story.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 30, 2003
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Even when miscast, [Hopkins and Kidman] are capable of spellbinding performances.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

October 30, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Human Stain strains too hard for profundity and comes up borderline pompous.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 30, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Never jells as compelling or satisfying drama.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 30, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It's a dry, intellectual exercise better suited to tea and crumpets than soda and popcorn.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The first hour of their movie is quite fine, at times poignant, but ultimately the filmmakers give us a love triangle that all but erases one of its legs.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 30, 2003
John Anderson
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What's shattering is the utterly graceless way the book has been adulterated, condensed, simplified and made rather pointless.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2003
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Develops a restless, shifty rhythm wherein, too often, only the story's most incendiary, polemical aspects -- the ones where you feel like Roth is chastising you from some post-liberal, Jewish-intellectual Parnassus -- come bubbling up to the surface.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 30, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The Human Stain has those qualities we often want but rarely see in our films: intelligence and ambition, decency and humanity, poetry and pity, fire and ice.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 30, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Roth may be a brilliant writer -- he's got the prizes to prove it -- but he doesn't create brilliant characters (especially female ones), and his plots work better on the page than on the screen.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

October 30, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Between the labors of simplifying the story for the screen and accommodating the stardust of world-class actors, an essentially, uniquely American tragic hero and heroine are bleached of real American tragedy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 29, 2003
James Berardinelli
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Undemanding viewers will probably find enough intriguing material here to make it worth a look, but I was too disappointed by the wasted potential to be enthusiastic.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 28, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The nerviest prestige picture of the season is fatally undone by a Clintonian mixture of misplaced care and bizarre expediency.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 28, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The Human Stain is heavy going. It's the flashes of dramatic lightning that make it a trip worth taking.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2003
David Stratton
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An intelligent adaptation of Philip Roth's arguably unfilmable novel.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 4, 2003
Jean Oppenheimer
Hollywood Reporter
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The thriller aspects of the story and the overall solid level of acting -- including a sexy performance from a red-hot Nicole Kidman -- keep the audience interested but never fully emotionally involved.

September 4, 2003
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