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
February 21, 2008
August 18, 2006
Gorgeous, witty romp that
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.
August 22, 2002
Phantasmagorical film about a late bloomer who takes a long time to find and follow a path with heart.
May 12, 2001
Lively, lavish and grandly acted pageant.
January 1, 2000
While this sly and sumptuous new film offers just the single word as its title, it will make you think of all you learned about Restoration comedy -- and drama -- in that long-ago History of the Theater 101 course.
January 1, 2000
Restoration avoids the pitfalls of pious historical reconstructions and plunges right into the cauldron.
January 1, 2000
A garishly gilded, gloriously overstuffed costume drama.
January 1, 2000
An incredible exercise in style.
January 1, 2000
One of the most exquisitely rendered period pieces I've ever seen, replete with fully-laden palaces and disgustingly realistic plague victims.
January 1, 2000
Solid entertainment, especially in a season when Hollywood's releases are repeatedly causing grimaces.
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