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Sliding Doors (1998)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 18

Despite the gimmicky feel of the split narratives, the movie is watch-able due to the winning performances by the cast.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 8

Despite the gimmicky feel of the split narratives, the movie is watch-able due to the winning performances by the cast.



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British actor Peter Howitt wrote and directed this British romantic comedy-drama with a "road not taken" premise recalling the 1921 play If by Lord Dunsany (1878-1957), Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946), and O.Henry's short story Roads of Destiny (1909). Howitt's storyline branches in two directions: Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) loses her job at a classy London PR firm, has a run-in with a purse-snatcher, and just misses catching her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) in bed with his former


Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Peter Howitt

Dec 1, 1998


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It's not so much the tale itself as the slippery interplay between characters that makes Sliding Doors enjoyable.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source:
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Ultimately, Sliding Doors becomes a victim of its own cleverness, shutting down all that early promise.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Once the movie throws in a jolting, late-in- the-game plot twist that could have been borrowed from City of Angels, it never regains its balance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Gwyneth Paltrow is engaging as the two Helens, and I have no complaints about her performance. Pity about the screenplay.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Deft enough to keep you wondering whether it's going to end on Track A or Track B.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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a clever conceit, but it's one that eventually wears out its welcome.

August 30, 2005 Full Review
Critics Inc./America Online

Unfortunately, the novelty of the fresh concept quickly wears off.

April 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A thinking person's romantic comedy -- but, hey, don't let that frighten you away. It's also lots of fun.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Paltrow gives the first credible evidence since Emma that her career may last.

August 15, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

With a pleasing balance of romance, comedy and drama, Sliding Doors is an exceedingly original story that appeals to both the heart and mind.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Se você quer assistir a um filme sobre realidades 'paralelas', é melhor conferir os infinitamente superiores 'Corra, Lola, Corra' e 'Feitiço do Tempo'.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A clever and satisfying comedy that comes as a blissful relief from more high-minded festival fare.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

Paltrow is delightful as the trendy Londoner running parallel lives and has a disturbingly accurate English accent.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Great script, interesting camera work, superb acting. I can find nothing wrong with it, the more I think about it.

June 14, 2001 Full Review

Too often in her past movies Paltrow has been cast as either an ice princess, a gloomy grump or a kook, and it's a relief to watch her get a crack at playing someone down-to-earth.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

What makes the film so unique and rather thought-provoking is how it holds true to the idea of chance while at the same time subscribing to that of destiny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

In the end, the movie's a clever idea and not much more.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Having to witness the doomed romance between Lynch and Paltrow play out twice over is nothing if not dull, as the events unfold with little nuance and few surprises.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Howitt's story stalls at that point, and from there on things quickly devolve into soap opera-like melodrama, with some disappointing character revelations and a preposterous ending.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

With its light-hearted spirit, Sliding Doors would be a hard film to dislike. On the other hand, if you want more than Paltrow's enchanting smile, you would be advised to look elsewhere.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Sliding Doors

John Hannah is whimsical and perfect, and the character of Helen is ballsy and relatable; however, Gwyneth's faux British accent is a bit grating on the nerves.

Very sweet and affecting Butterfly Effect parallel universes with subtle overlaps and similarities in each. Much like "(500) Days of Summer," which got the jump on my "Annie Hall"-esque anti-romance play in 2008, Super Reviewer and writing partner Jim Hunter, and I are co-writing a play about small events changing lives SANS the element of destiny. The two universes won't end in the same pre-packaged Hollywood happy ending.
December 22, 2013

Super Reviewer

Gwyneth is absolutely charming. She absolutely makes or breaks this film. Without her, or with any other actress in her place, it would have faltered. The premise is kind of sophomoric but boy does Gwynie act her brains out.
May 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

A cute little movie. I was interested to see how Lynch was going to do this but he did an excellent job. Thank God he made her 'look' totally different otherwise it would have been hard to follow. Cunning how he killed off the Helen we wanted to survive but then pulled it round at the end to have a happy ending where we presume she will still fall in love with James. Great performances.
December 31, 2010

Super Reviewer

It's surprising, romantic, depressing, and lovable. Can't find that in a lot of film, can ya? Paltrow delivers another British accented performance with her usual chutzpah.
August 2, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. James: Everybody's born knowing all the Beatles lyrics instinctively. They're passed along to the fetus subconsciously along with all the amniotic stuff. In fact, they should be called Fetals.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. James: Come on! If you don't drink your fatty drinks you'll never achieve quality cellulite.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Lydia: We're women. We don't say what we want, but we reserve the right to be pissed off if we don't get it.
    – Submitted by Juliet L (15 months ago)
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