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The Scarlet Letter Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 4, 2009
"Freely adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne," the credits say cautiously. I'll say.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Not only does the film bear little resemblance to the source novel, but it's cluttered with ridiculous symbolism.
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Caryn James
New York Times
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
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
This is a well-acted, beautiful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The picture's period furnishings include Hester's 17th-century hot tub.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Picture yourself trudging out of the theater with a letter "D" (for "disappointment") firmly pinned to your chest.
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Entertainment Weekly
October 13, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: C