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The Scarlet Letter Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Picture yourself trudging out of the theater with a letter "D" (for "disappointment") firmly pinned to your chest.
January 1, 2000
The picture's period furnishings include Hester's 17th-century hot tub.
January 1, 2000
Roland Joffe's deeply ridiculous movie is caught between rocks and hard places, from its "what were they thinking?" concept ("freely adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne") to its muddled execution.
January 1, 2000
Pitiful loose interpretation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel of adultery and its implications.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
This catastrophic conglomeration of Puritanical repression and modern sensibilities squanders terrific acting talent and sumptuous production values, not to mention a darn good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
The result is merely a big-budget, opulently costumed soap opera that is way too long (two hours, 15 minutes) and way too slow.
January 1, 2000
Students beware: This is no sub for Cliffs Notes. The script takes more liberties with the text than Elizabeth Berkley did with that pole in Showgirls.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
With Demi Moore and Gary Oldman as those 17th century adulterers Hester Prynne and the Rev. Dimmesdale, the movie has its silly moments, but more impressively, it is turgid, the second most prevalent trait of Joffe's films, and long, the third.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Instead of being a symbolism-laden parable about hypocrisy and set-morals, it decides to become a condemnation of Puritan lifestyles, not because they're a bunch of hypocrites, but because, hey, they won't have sex!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 31, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
July 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
December 23, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
October 13, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: C
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