Restoration Reviews

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December 1, 2017
Michael Hoffman's Restoration is a handsome, intelligent version of Rose Tremain's novel, brimming with gilded images and elegant, paradoxical ideas.
September 7, 2011
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
February 21, 2008
August 18, 2006
Gorgeous, witty romp that
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.
July 4, 2005
February 17, 2005
Ryan's hilariously out of place, but this is otherwise an entertaining yarn.
January 26, 2005
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.
May 16, 2003
Despite its flaws, Restoration proves that Hollywood can at times treat history in satisfying manner.
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.
December 6, 2002
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.
May 12, 2001
Lively, lavish and grandly acted pageant.
January 1, 2000
Somewhere in this potentially fascinating story of a man's life, the director caught epic fever and his characters got buried in breadth and depth of his ambition.
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