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The Crucible Reviews

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January 26, 2016
Plodding film based on play has mature themes, sex, violence
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2013
Then there's always Mr. Scofield, bringing an almost unbearable, yet entirely believable, lightness of spirit to his loathsome character. It's a bold stroke by a great actor, making zealotry and evil seem positively beneficent.
May 17, 2013
I recommend Hytner's movie highly, but a part of me resists a work that makes the audience feel as noble in our moral certainty as the characters it invites us to deplore. Some part of its power seems borrowed from the thing it hates.
May 17, 2013
Her cheeks flush, her winsome beauty seared with erotic rage, Ryder exposes the real roots of the piece. Forget McCarthyism; The Crucible is a colonial Fatal Attraction.
May 17, 2013
Too bad, though, that The Crucible fails to probe deeper into the sexual, religious, and political conditions that can give false accusations so much power -- even today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2013
Arthur Miller's screenplay keeps everything nice and faithful to the period, and the actors have the dirt on their hands to prove it. The movie lacks polish as well, and that's to everyone's benefit.
May 17, 2013
A McCarthy-era retelling of the Salem witch trials, Arthur Miller's 1953 play is a literary classic, but this adap falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2013
The story's sickening spiral into madness is preserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 17, 2013
An intelligent and gripping epic.
May 17, 2013
I very much admire how Hytner... keeps the pace swift and doesn't fetishize the 17th-century decors and clothes. But I can't help feeling that in more ways than one, The Crucible is a period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 17, 2013
What happened in long-ago Salem does still seem to matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2013
The story is unchanged, but its theme relates surprisingly well to today's versions of the bias and scapegoating that Miller rightly deplores.
May 17, 2013
The physical production of the film is so authentic and compelling, you can't get beyond it, not for a second.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2013
Handsome and well-acted, the film's ultimate success depends on the heat between Ryder and Day-Lewis, and it simply isn't there. The attraction is fatal alright, but it certainly doesn't seem mutual.
August 8, 2008
Neither the establishing dramatic linchpin nor the final conversion of conscience is terribly convincing, leaving this pared-down rendition of the original work diminished in power and meaning as well.
July 30, 2007
The movie version reveals the play as what it always was: a melodrama about a married guy who shouldn't have dallied with a vengeful girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 30, 2006
It couldn't be more timely or relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 24, 2006
Hytner holds the action together with solid, unflashy, well-paced direction, ensuring that this is no mere period piece but a compelling, pertinent account of human fear, frailty and cold ambition.
September 11, 2005
Perfectly captures the air of hysteria and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 9, 2005
Nothing in the movie is quite up to Scofield's Danforth. But what a mighty performance that is!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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