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The Crucible Reviews

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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
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.
July 29, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
October 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
July 1, 2004
Arthur Miller's story of hysteria, persecution and social injustice, is classy and powerful with some marvelous acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2004
The Crucible earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Allen) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Miller), but it should have received many more, including one for Best Picture -- it's truly one of the great forgotten films of its era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 16, 2003
Worth watching. Good message. Not such a good film.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2002
Day-Lewis, Ryder and Scofield will be odds-on favorites for Oscar nominations, as will the movie itself.
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