... a record of a creative collaboration that has a life of its own, at once documentary, filmed rehearsal, play within a play, and private production restaged for a camera...
Reuniting with Andrew Gregory, Louis Malle, in what became his swan song, has made a modern, captivation version of the Chekhov play.
| Original Score: B+
It's amazing it has taken Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, and director Louis Malle more than 10 years to collaborate again. It was worth the wait, though.
| Original Score: A
Not entirely successful, but undeniably brave.
There are moments of considerable power here but this stripped-down rendering gives us something closer to a latterday dysfunctional family than Chekhov's doomed bourgeoisie.
| Original Score: 3/4
Malle adeptly eases us into the play so we can't tell at what precise moment Chekhov takes over, an ambiguity that becomes the film's triumph as well as its key limitation.
It offers a unique viewing at a work in progress.
| Original Score: A-
There's more power here than in all the multi-million dollar fireworks of Hollywood.
| Original Score: 4/5
A movie by, about and for actors.
| Original Score: 5/5
| Original Score: 4/4
The elegant understatement of this production turns it into a livelier experiment, a fluent, gripping version of one of Chekhov's more elusive plays.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It's more than a worthy capper to Malle's brilliant career.
| Original Score: 3/5
A lively and intriguing adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya."
This live-wire Vanya, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital.
Vanya on 42nd Street may be the most innovative and successful straight film adaptation of any play.
| Original Score: 3.5/4