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Restoration Reviews

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November 30, 2017
Michael Hoffman's Restoration is a handsome, intelligent version of Rose Tremain's novel, brimming with gilded images and elegant, paradoxical ideas.
August 18, 2006
Gorgeous, witty romp that
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2006
Engaging if uneven.
September 27, 2005
An interesting evocation of a decadent era marked by opulence, excess and abject poverty. But works equally well as a study of personal redemption amidst the turmoil.
| Original Score: 7/10
February 17, 2005
Ryan's hilariously out of place, but this is otherwise an entertaining yarn.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
Since the robust 17th-century picaresque tale is not enjoying any current vogue, the success of "Restoration" can be considered a very pleasant surprise.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2003
Despite its flaws, Restoration proves that Hollywood can at times treat history in satisfying manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 14, 2003
Robert Downey, Jr. can do no wrong by me, and his expressiveness and irreverence are what make this film work. Seen through his eyes, the changing currents of the times are navigable only with large doses of dark humor and compassion.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
August 22, 2002
Phantasmagorical film about a late bloomer who takes a long time to find and follow a path with heart.
August 15, 2002
The film is overcome by the rumbling workings of a creaky plot as the story grows more serious.
June 18, 2002
The movie takes on a somber, fitful atmosphere of straining epic proportions. But it strays into an episodic bog that leaves it gasping for dramatic life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2001
Lively, lavish and grandly acted pageant.
January 1, 2000
Solid entertainment, especially in a season when Hollywood's releases are repeatedly causing grimaces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Restoration avoids the pitfalls of pious historical reconstructions and plunges right into the cauldron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A garishly gilded, gloriously overstuffed costume drama.
January 1, 2000
Even in period drag, this movie resembles warmed-over Forrest Gump.
January 1, 2000
An incredible exercise in style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Even when all decked out in foppish finery, looking absolutely ridiculous to the objective eye, [Downey] can't find a way to focus your attention on him. Instead, in looking at him, all you can do is wonder: How much did those duds cost?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Two movies for the price of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
What virtues the movie has are cosmetic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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