Sophie's Choice (1982)
Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 6
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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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The year is 1947. Aspiring southern author Stingo (Peter MacNichol) heads to New York to seek his fortune. Moving into a dingy Brooklyn boarding house, Stingo strikes up a friendship with research chemist Nathan Landau (Kevin Kline) and Nathan's girlfriend, Polish refugee Sophie Zawistowska (Oscar-winner Meryl Streep). There is something unsettling about the relationship; Nathan is subject to violent mood swings, while Sophie seems to be harboring a horrible secret. Stingo soons learns that both
Dec 8, 1982 Wide
Aug 17, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.
Though it's far from a flawless movie, Sophie's Choice is a unified and deeply affecting one. Thanks in large part to Miss Streep's bravura performance, it's a film that casts a powerful, uninterrupted spell.
And while Meryl Streep's performance is largely worthy of its laurels ... the film around it is much harder to forgive. Beyond Streep, Sophie's Choice is little more than a tediously assembled WWII drama of interminable length.
The way Streep inhabits Sophie, and brings her history to life whether she's explicitly talking about the past or carrying herself across the room with wounded grace, can't help but make parts of the rest of the film seem smaller by comparison.
Stunning to the max, and Streep is memorable as Sophie.
The movie is too Hollywood in look and feel, and the flashback and narration are too conventional, and yet the image of the sickly and pale Meryl Streep recollecting her ordeal lingers in memory long after the film is over.
Competently directed by Pakula and [features] gorgeous cinematography by Almendros.
Heartbreakingly lovely performances.
"Streep's magnetic, shattering performance haunts the memory"
Meryl Streep's role in this film is so overwhelming that she outshines everything else.
This is the way stories are supposed to be told to us sitting out there in the dark theater.
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