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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard (2000)

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54

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

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

55

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

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

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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

Feb 25, 2003

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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.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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.

September 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Ms. Rampling, still beautiful well into her 50s, has an earth-bound weariness and lively spirit that convey a life fully and tragically lived.

June 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Cacoyannis is perhaps too effective in creating an atmosphere of dust-caked stagnation and labored gentility.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Drags along in a dazed and enervated, drenched-in-the- past numbness.

April 26, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Scrupulously acted (in English), visually perfected and skillfully complemented with Tchaikovsky piano music.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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One of the film's most effective aspects is its Tchaikovsky soundtrack of neurasthenic regret.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Chekhov has never looked or sounded better.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

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

July 11, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A sometimes tedious film.

May 24, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
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.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

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

April 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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.

February 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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

February 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

... wise and elegiac ...

February 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

February 22, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
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