Sylvia Reviews

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April 29, 2009
A Hollywood product that exploits sickness.
August 7, 2008
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.
August 8, 2006
Gwyneth Paltrow is anything but engaging in this rarely interesting look at the life of author Sylvia Plath.
October 31, 2004
April 20, 2004
Paltrow provides the depth that the script lacks, making a lot from very little.
January 31, 2004
It lacks an incisive viewpoint and keeps us emotionally at arm's length.
December 19, 2003
If movies were regulated like medications, the label for "Sylvia" would say: "Warning: This film is so depressing it will suck every ounce of holiday cheer from your soul."
December 18, 2003
Well acted and seriously mounted, but Sylvia the movie is, nevertheless, very boring.
December 11, 2003
Excruciatingly dull. I shouted, "Hurry up and ice yourself already!" more than a few times.
December 5, 2003
Since the filmmakers had no access to the private self as expressed in Plath's body of work, Sylvia is limited to her public life, which was her death. The result feels like art imitating life, once removed.
December 1, 2003
A literary la-bore of love
November 21, 2003
Cut through the enlightened pretense and it's Access Hollywood for people who eat pizza with a fork.
November 21, 2003
The overwhelmingly dark tone and bleak subject matter make this one of the most difficult-to-watch films in recent memory.
November 21, 2003
While [the movie] catalogs the stormy ups-and-downs of their marriage, [it does] little to illuminate Plath's writing or her fragile mental state.
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.
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.
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.
November 13, 2003
A prestige picture that doesn't have a lot going for it beyond its serious intentions.
November 6, 2003
Paltrow does this role exceptionally well, but it is underwritten.
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