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The Scarlet Letter Reviews

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December 23, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
The movie has removed the character's sense of guilt, and therefore the story's drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Literary purists will be aghast at some of the liberties taken with the original text, but my complaints have more to do with cinematic misjudgments than with those in the book-to-screen translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2004
A hysterically incompetent camp classic, highly recommended for English department faculty parties.
| Original Score: 0/5
March 26, 2009
A very '90s take on a 1660s tale written in 1850, as a picture of early colonial life it's about as convincing as Pocahontas.
November 16, 2010
Slaughter, sin, and sex in classic-turned-movie misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 4, 2009
"Freely adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne," the credits say cautiously. I'll say.
June 24, 2006
Not only does the film bear little resemblance to the source novel, but it's cluttered with ridiculous symbolism.
August 31, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
August 31, 2004
For anyone who's ever wondered why Hawthorne left out the mute servants, red cockatoos, and rolls in the proverbial hay. As Hawthorne himself would say: "Ignominious!"
| Original Score: 1/5
May 19, 2005
Oh, Roland Joffé, thy free adaptation of the Hawthorne classic didst produce abudant derisive laughter. Didst thou once direct 'The Killing Fields?'
| Original Score: 0/5
January 1, 2000
Picture yourself trudging out of the theater with a letter "D" (for "disappointment") firmly pinned to your chest.
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
April 25, 2003
The script by Douglas Day Stewart gives new meaning to the phrase "free adaptation".
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
November 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
April 28, 2003
[It's] a mess that serves no one, least of all students hoping to get out of having to read the book for class.
Full Review
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
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
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
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