• R, 2 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Alan J. Pakula
    In Theaters:
    Dec 8, 1982 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 17, 1999
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Sophie's Choice Reviews

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 29, 2014
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A suffocating 151 minutes long, with a healthy portion of that running time devoted to a hunk of Holocausploitation of the most crass and cynical variety. And that's the good part.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

November 5, 2009
Steve Crum

Stunning to the max, and Streep is memorable as Sophie.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 2, 2008
Emanuel Levy

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

December 10, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Competently directed by Pakula and [features] gorgeous cinematography by Almendros.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

June 26, 2007
Variety Staff
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Astoundingly tedious.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 26, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The picture is completely devoid of cinematic interest, adopting instead a tiresome theatrical aesthetic in which showy monologues are filmed in interminable, usually ill-chosen long takes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 26, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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By the end, the accumulated weight and lethargy of the production fails to invest Sophie's fate with the significance Styron achieves.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.

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

October 23, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 30, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Heartbreakingly lovely performances.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 20, 2003


Literary adaptations rarely come more intelligent than this. A beautiful, haunting masterpiece from start to finish.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Incorporates one woman's narrative of surviving the Holocaust into a larger, crushingly banal story of a young, Southern writer's coming of age in the big city of New York.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: D+

January 10, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Wildly depressing.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"Streep's magnetic, shattering performance haunts the memory"

| Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2002
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

This is the way stories are supposed to be told to us sitting out there in the dark theater.

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Dragan Antulov

Meryl Streep's role in this film is so overwhelming that she outshines everything else.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

A substantial movie, and one serious film watchers won't want to miss.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 91/100

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

April 30, 2009
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2005
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