The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
September 11, 2010
The words drip with affectation (as do the actors) and Jodie Mankell's direction is dipped in southern gothic honey and glazed over with period sprinkles.
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 13, 2010
Not even a super-powered Shop-Vac could clean this screenplay of its cobwebs. It's is dated and further flawed by plain old poor filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
A deservedly overlooked Tennessee Williams script set in the 1920s South, its plot makes little sense for contemporary audiences.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
February 8, 2010
This is not the galvanizing, deep fried melodrama of Tennessee Williams at his height but rather, the low fat version.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 15, 2010
As beautifully played by Howard, Fisher Willow appropriately resembles a china doll, with a pale face highlighted by bright red lips -- she is hard yet fragile, projecting something of an artificial quality that hides her pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 10, 2010
While it captures the Southern Gothic atmosphere, it's sketchy and studied, best geared to Tennessee Williams aficionados.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
January 8, 2010
A clearly inferior piece of writing that doesn't have the emotional resonance of even previously acknowledged mediocre works by Williams.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2010
The characters and themes are redolent of earlier and better Williams works, and the story unexpectedly putters out at the end-but seeing it now, you can't help but treasure the simple, lyrical dialogue and sure-handed narrative thrust
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 8, 2010
If you are not already familiar with Williams's best plays and film adaptations, this musty magnolia of a movie won't encourage you to seek them out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 8, 2010
a terrible and terribly dated work that will strike Williams scholars as the cinematic equivalent of a bottle cap and everyone else as arguably the worst version of one of his works to ever hit the big screen and bear in mind, I have seen "Boom."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
January 8, 2010
It's unfortunate that an entire generation who've never seen a Williams play or film will think that this current work represents the artist. Now that this screenplay has been 'found' ... can we lose it again?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
January 8, 2010
Most effective as a reminder that Williams' works emerged from a certain time and place, and to approach them from another is fraught with peril.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2010
Even though Howard never quite gets it, never quite releases into the role and never quite convinces, she never makes a mistake, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 7, 2010
It's minor Williams turned minor cinema, but there are nonetheless moments that resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2010
The script is half-a-fortune at best, and visually the picture is staid. But you stick with it, because it's Williams and because certainly no one since Williams has written this sort of embroidered dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 7, 2010
A rambling, zombified pass at Williams-certified melodrama, the film is an absolute chore to finish, even while boasting a few fine performances and the luscious humidity of 1920's southern comfort.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 7, 2010
It has been filmed in a respectful manner that evokes a touring production of an only moderately successful Broadway play. Understand that, accept it, and the film has its rewards and one performance of great passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
January 6, 2010
Though it's dated, the larger issue has to do with those timeless problems of plot and character.
Armond White
New York Press
January 6, 2010
Director Jodie Markell's fidelity to Williams simply isn't enough to make his tropes sing.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2010
Like Fisher, the film is lovely, if flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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