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Sylvia Reviews

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November 20, 2003
She sure was sad. Boy, look how sad she was. She must be bipolar or manic depressive or something. Sad, sad, sad. Oh, and then she killed herself. Sad, sad, sad.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 20, 2003
Gwyneth Paltrow, who has never made a secret of her obsession with Plath, turns in a worshipfully calculated and awards-worthy performance as her idol.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2003
To what degree this portrayal is accurate is beside the question - as drama it's inert, and as biography it's unilluminating.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 15, 2003
This is one of the better made and more believable films about poets, one that should be cherished for its rich depiction of its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 14, 2003
This could be very dreary stuff if it weren't for Gwyneth Paltrow, who is pitch perfect as Plath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 13, 2003
A prestige picture that doesn't have a lot going for it beyond its serious intentions.
November 9, 2003
Has the requisite dark tone and superb performances, but it feels simplistic in its examination of the tortured mind of a gifted woman
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 6, 2003
Paltrow does this role exceptionally well, but it is underwritten.
November 5, 2003
Much of this film plays to the audience's subconscious, forced to deal with the spirals of perverse intertwinement.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
November 4, 2003
Whether Plath's art and death were fueled by much beyond romance gone awry seems almost beside the point in this picture.
| Original Score: 2/4
November 2, 2003
So dark, somber, and lifeless is this well-intentioned biography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2003
The film's story is one that presents very little to dramatize, but that little has been dramatized very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 57/100
November 1, 2003
Cinema and poetry aren't merely disparate art forms but largely incompatible ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2003
Paltrow delivers the most powerful performance of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2003
You can learn more about Plath by reading the production notes than by seeing the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 31, 2003
Falls short of its goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2003
A biopic with little insight and fewer explanations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 31, 2003
Fails to reflect the enormous complexity of the tumultuous relationship between Ted Hughes and Plath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2003
The film never overcomes its biggest handicap: Poets express their inner state through their poetry. In the end, this film has been denied Sylvia's voice.
October 31, 2003
By choosing to make Hughes neither a monster nor sympathetic, the film likely will disappoint Plath acolytes while at the same time falling shy of being a revisionist interpretation of their relationship.
Read More | Original Score: C
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