Sophie's Choice Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Quickflix
August 15, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 5, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/10
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 26, 2007
Astoundingly tedious.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
By the end, the accumulated weight and lethargy of the production fails to invest Sophie's fate with the significance Styron achieves.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
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 | Original Score: D+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 30, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
Heartbreakingly lovely performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 17, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 26, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2000
This is the way stories are supposed to be told to us sitting out there in the dark theater.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Meryl Streep's role in this film is so overwhelming that she outshines everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 2, 2008
Stunning to the max, and Streep is memorable as Sophie.
| Original Score: 5/5
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
April 29, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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