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Sylvia Reviews

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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
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: 82/100
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
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+
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.
October 17, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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
November 1, 2003
Cinema and poetry aren't merely disparate art forms but largely incompatible ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
April 29, 2009
A Hollywood product that exploits sickness.
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'...
October 31, 2003
A biopic with little insight and fewer explanations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2003
more stock is put into getting the facts right than in creating much interest in them.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
October 19, 2003
Sylvia is one big foregone conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
November 3, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
April 20, 2004
Paltrow provides the depth that the script lacks, making a lot from very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2003
An aerial view, so to speak, of the 20th century's great literary soap.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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