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The Scarlet Letter Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 4, 2009
"Freely adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne," the credits say cautiously. I'll say.
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.
June 24, 2006
Not only does the film bear little resemblance to the source novel, but it's cluttered with ridiculous symbolism.
August 30, 2004
If you've read the book you won't know the ending. Let's just say that Indians with flaming arrows come to the rescue. They manage to keep a straight face, which is more than anyone in the audience will be able to do.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 18, 2002
This is a well-acted, beautiful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2001
Though it's unclear what the audience would be for a faithful rendition of the Hawthorne novel, the question of who would ever want to see this one is murkier still.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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
The picture's period furnishings include Hester's 17th-century hot tub.
January 1, 2000
Picture yourself trudging out of the theater with a letter "D" (for "disappointment") firmly pinned to your chest.
October 13, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: C