Vanya on 42nd Street Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
There's more power here than in all the multi-million dollar fireworks of Hollywood.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The elegant understatement of this production turns it into a livelier experiment, a fluent, gripping version of one of Chekhov's more elusive plays.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
This live-wire Vanya, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In terms of dramatic action, almost nothing happens, and yet Malle's fluid, invisible style carries us deep into the hearts and minds of these characters.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A lovely, intimate rethinking of Anton Chekhov's Russian classic Uncle Vanya.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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