Restoration Reviews

September 7, 2011
October 18, 2008
February 9, 2006
Engaging if uneven.
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.
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
What virtues the movie has are cosmetic.
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
A garishly gilded, gloriously overstuffed costume drama.
January 1, 2000
Solid entertainment, especially in a season when Hollywood's releases are repeatedly causing grimaces.
January 1, 2000
Restoration avoids the pitfalls of pious historical reconstructions and plunges right into the cauldron.