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The Kreutzer Sonata (2009)

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Release Date: Jun 17, 2009 Wide

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Based on a story written by Leo Tolstoy in response to Ludwig van Beethoven's eponymous composition, director Bernard Rose's mature dissection of modern marriage tells the tale of a wealthy philanthropist (Danny Huston) who becomes intensely possessive of his wife (Elisabeth Röhm) -- a beautiful and talented pianist. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Lisa Enos, Bernard Rose

May 7, 2012

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The acting and the scene direction have a delicate, organic feel that is stomped all over by the narration and noise.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A gripping, Hitchcockian marital thriller with the added value of a score by Ludvig van Beethoven himself

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It's actually pretty watchable thanks to a demented turn from Huston, a terrifyingly tense final act and, shall we say, a 'committed' performance from Liz.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

Rohm brings subtlety to her role but Edgar's paranoia dominates, giving the hammy Huston too much room to over-cook this thin tragedy.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It may ultimately lack subtlety, but it peers into the hearts and minds of its two weird protagonists with some skill.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's all overwrought and unpersuasive.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Not Tolstoyan.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The shlock-therapy emotional buttons are pushed one after another.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The only thing I wanted Huston to take off were the bling shades he wears inside, while the muffled dialogue, out-of-focus camerawork and slow pace had me thinking about abstaining from movie-going.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

It's a model of low-budget candour and bite.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's consistently and coldly erotic, and omits Tolstoy's cranky ideas on marriage and sexual abstinence without putting anything comparable in their place.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Bold, brilliant and exhilarating: an intimately horrible, sexually explicit and black-comic portrait of a toxic marriage.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Intense, if inconsistent.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The occasionally rough hand-held camerawork and the non-linear structure add to the sense of nervous tension that vibrates in the film like a static charge.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The shark-grinned Huston can be a charismatic presence, but this particular performance has no kind of aura.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Shocking as the ending is, it's fudged, too.

March 15, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Kreutzer Sonata

Rose partners up again with his go to guy Huston for a torrid tale of male jealousy out of control. It has a thoughtful, insightful script but is spoiled by its cheap look and technique.
September 29, 2010
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