• 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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

April 30, 2009
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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

| Original Score: 5/5

March 2, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2005
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2004
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 5/5

July 16, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Heartbreakingly lovely performances.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 20, 2003
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 5/5

May 26, 2003

Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Wildly depressing.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

| Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2002
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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
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