Vanya on 42nd Street Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
Top Critic
August 12, 2008

The performances are precise, the language is alive and well spoken and the setting is striking, but Vanya on 42nd Street still suffers rather heavily from the limitations of filmed theater.

Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 29, 2002

Much too talky.

| Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 22, 2003

Despite great acting, the general impression of the film is underwhelming.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

Empire Magazine
August 12, 2008

The drawback, however, is that the actors chew the scenery in true stagecraft fashion, which, on film, induces regular wincing and a wish that they would hand out the valium and take it easy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002

| Original Score: 3/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A film which reduces Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" to its bare elements: loneliness, wasted lives, romantic hope and despair. To add elaborate sets, costumes and locations to this material would only dilute it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Vanya on 42nd Street may be the most innovative and successful straight film adaptation of any play.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000

Amore traditional performance with the same actors would have gotten a higher rating.

Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
August 12, 2008

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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000

I've never really seen anything like Vanya on 42nd Street.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000

Even if you don't get everything there is to get, it's an incredibly unique film worth seeing.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Lybarger Links
July 30, 2002

A lively and intriguing adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya."

| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 6, 2007

It offers a unique viewing at a work in progress.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 10, 2012

... 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...

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 12, 2001

This live-wire Vanya, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 16, 2004

| Original Score: 5/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 10, 2004

A movie by, about and for actors.

| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
Marc Vincenti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003

| Original Score: 4/4
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