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The Scarlet Letter strays far from its classic source material to tell a story that strains for steamy sensuality and leaves the audience red with unintentional laughter. Read critic reviews

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After a young widow (Demi Moore) has a child and refuses to name the father, a Puritan community forces her to wear the letter A, for adulteress.

Cast & Crew

Demi Moore
Hester Prynne
Gary Oldman
Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale
Robert Duvall
Roger Chillingworth
Robert Prosky
Horace Stonehall
Edward Hardwicke
Gov. John Bellingham
Joan Plowright
Harriet Hibbons
Roy Dotrice
Rev. Thomas Cheever
Dana Ivey
Meredith Stonehall
George Aguilar
Johnny Sassamon
Dodi Fayed
Executive Producer
Tova Laiter
Executive Producer
John Barry
Original Music
Alex Thomson
Cinematographer
Thom Noble
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Critic Reviews for The Scarlet Letter

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (33)

Audience Reviews for The Scarlet Letter

  • Jun 10, 2013
    M'eh. Demi Moore was a poor choice to star in this classic story. She doesn't really have the gravitas to pull it off and she's got zero chemistry with Oldman. I'd recommend it if you don't want to read the book and Cliff's Notes are too expensive. Otherwise, it's not much of a diversion.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    A ridiculously loose adaptation that squanders the depth of its source material in favor of a generic overlong soap opera with laughably ham-fisted symbolism. English teachers may get a good laugh but otherwise stay far away from this star-studded turkey.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2009
    When intimacy is forbidden and passion is a sin, love is the most defiant crime of all.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2008
    The only reason why I watch this movie is because I use the book for the preparation for my final paper, and this movie is really a waste of time. Seriously, not my kind of drama, since I'm not a big fan of Demi Moore and Gary Oldman So, overall this is really a waste of time.. This movie does not help me and my paper at all
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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