Sylvia Reviews

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December 5, 2003
Atmospheric, elegant and thoughtful.
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.
November 1, 2003
Cinema and poetry aren't merely disparate art forms but largely incompatible ones.
October 31, 2003
Falls short of its goal.
October 31, 2003
Fails to reflect the enormous complexity of the tumultuous relationship between Ted Hughes and Plath.
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.
October 31, 2003
An often painful, surprisingly illuminating and emotionally complex portrait of a woman who is ultimately as mysterious as her art.
October 27, 2003
It's Bleak Chic.
October 24, 2003
Adds precisely nothing of breaking-news value to the Plath-Hughes annals.
October 24, 2003
For all the actors' ability, Sylvia never develops a pulse.
October 24, 2003
Likely to be equally displeasing to Plath enthusiasts as it will be to neophytes, Sylvia suffers from a strange timidity: It only gets close to its subject by rendering her as a kind of melodramatic archetype.
October 24, 2003
[Lacks] psychological depth and emotional resonance.
October 24, 2003
A coy, cautious film about a frank, fearless writer.
October 24, 2003
The film does what poets so seldom do themselves -- pursue the middle road and leave the path of excess to the less level-headed.
October 24, 2003
For those who have read the poets and are curious about their lives, Sylvia provides illustrations for the biographies we carry in our minds.
October 24, 2003
The results are mixed, but noble.
October 24, 2003
Jeffs' movie flashes too little poetic lightning of its own.
October 24, 2003
Odd that a story of two such hot-burning lives as Plath and Hughes could leave us so cold.
October 23, 2003
Offers a wondrously illuminating artistic experience for its ideal audience -- people like me who know a little but not much about the explosive Plath-Hughes fusion of unbridled poetic temperaments in a tauntingly prosaic world.
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