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Vanya on 42nd Street Reviews

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

July 6, 2010
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 12, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 12, 2008

Time Out
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There's more power here than in all the multi-million dollar fireworks of Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 20, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This live-wire Vanya, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital.

May 12, 2001
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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A lovely, intimate rethinking of Anton Chekhov's Russian classic Uncle Vanya.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Vanya on 42nd Street may be the most innovative and successful straight film adaptation of any play.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
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