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The Cherry Orchard (2000)

The Cherry Orchard


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: This adaptation of The Cherry Orchard is too tedious to hold interest.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: This adaptation of The Cherry Orchard is too tedious to hold interest.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 655


Movie Info

Renowned Greek filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis wrote and directed this adaptation of the classic final drama by playwright Anton Chekhov, set in 1900. Lyubov Ranevskaya (Charlotte Rampling) left Russia to escape troubling memories of the death of her son. Now her family is riddled with debt and Lyubov and her teenaged daughter Anya (Tushka Bergen) have come home to the family estate, looking for a way to pay their bills. Much to their dismay, the Ranevskayas are forced to sell their land to … More

Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Mihalis Kakogiannis , Anton Chekhov
In Theaters:
Feb 25, 2003
Kino International - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Cherry Orchard

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (12) | DVD (2)

In capturing the understated comedic agony of an ever-ruminating, genteel yet decadent aristocracy that can no longer pay its bills, the film could just as well be addressing the turn of the 20th century into the 21st.

Full Review… | February 24, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is a rare treat.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Ms. Rampling, still beautiful well into her 50s, has an earth-bound weariness and lively spirit that convey a life fully and tragically lived.

Full Review… | June 20, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Cacoyannis is perhaps too effective in creating an atmosphere of dust-caked stagnation and labored gentility.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Drags along in a dazed and enervated, drenched-in-the- past numbness.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Scrupulously acted (in English), visually perfected and skillfully complemented with Tchaikovsky piano music.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

One of the film's most effective aspects is its Tchaikovsky soundtrack of neurasthenic regret.

Full Review… | December 3, 2002
Sight and Sound

Chekhov has never looked or sounded better.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
San Diego Metropolitan

The new film of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard puts the 'ick' in 'classic.'

Full Review… | July 11, 2002
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A sometimes tedious film.

Full Review… | May 24, 2002
San Diego Union-Tribune

Cacoyannis' vision is far less mature, interpreting the play as a call for pity and sympathy for anachronistic phantasms haunting the imagined glory of their own pasts.

Full Review… | May 9, 2002
Film Freak Central

It's not a bit stagy, yet it manages to be dazzling theater.

Full Review… | April 11, 2002
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Those with a modicum of patience will find in these characters' foibles a timeless and unique perspective.

April 4, 2002
New Times

... a confusing drudgery.

Full Review… | February 25, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

This story tutors us in the practices of kindness and compassion for those caught up in the trauma of change and loss.

Full Review… | February 24, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

... wise and elegiac ...

Full Review… | February 24, 2002
Film Journal International

The irony is that this film's cast is uniformly superb; their performances could have -- should have -- been allowed to stand on their own.

Full Review… | February 22, 2002
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Cherry Orchard

Charlotte Rampling is a wonderful actress and Alan Bates was a great actor but this adaptation of Chekhov moves at a crawl and just isn't compelling.

jay nixon

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