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Sylvia Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 21, 2003
In turning the poet's life into a package, the filmmakers have done a disservice both to her memory and to their audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2007
Plath might have been the stupid cow that Paltrow plays, the stubbornly ambitious, jealous demonbit genius discontent, immune to the ordinary joys of life.
Full Review| Original Score: 82/100
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James Berardinelli
October 17, 2003
A standard melodrama that takes its grim tragedy and encases it in a veneer of self-conscious artsyness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
Gwyneth Paltrow portrays American writer Sylvia Plath in this torturous biopic... it's good, but sufficiently interesting only for history/writing aficionados.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Gilchrist
October 19, 2003
Sylvia follows in the footsteps of such recent biographical films as Pollock and the superlative Frida, but fails to capture the elements that made the author's work.
Dan Callahan
October 17, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 16, 2003
The lead performances lift the film above melodrama, but they also expose the glaring holes in the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 1, 2003
Cinema and poetry aren't merely disparate art forms but largely incompatible ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 24, 2003
Christine Jeffs' timid direction and screenwriter John Brownlow's flimsy script set up each scene so that it only telegraphs the next; no single scene ever comes to life on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A Hollywood product that exploits sickness.
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
October 23, 2003
I have seen many awful author biopics ("Iris" being especially terrible) but I can't think of one that I have loathed as much as I loathe 'Sylvia'...
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 31, 2003
A biopic with little insight and fewer explanations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
October 21, 2003
more stock is put into getting the facts right than in creating much interest in them.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
October 15, 2003
Spelled out in a series of such bald-faced grandiloquent gestures, Sylvia is a Lifetime bio-pic set in a BBC melodrama's charcoal gray gloom and squalor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 19, 2003
Sylvia is one big foregone conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Blackwelder
October 22, 2003
May provide additional insights for those with an intimate knowledge of Sylvia Plath's aching poetry. For anyone else, it's a waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
November 3, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Kent Turner
April 20, 2004
Paltrow provides the depth that the script lacks, making a lot from very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
October 16, 2003
An aerial view, so to speak, of the 20th century's great literary soap.
| Original Score: 2/4
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