Antonia (Antonia's Line) Reviews

October 4, 2016
Antonia is a work of rare lyricism. It glows with the light of a Flemish painting and the spirit of magic realism.
October 4, 2016
Antonia's Line is enjoyable because it is never preachy. It depicts, with a painterly eye, a pagan world that has not changed since Breughel.
October 4, 2016
The performances are modest and appealing. In the title role, Van Ammelrooy projects a remarkable combination of optimism, strength and resignation.
October 4, 2016
It glides so easily over a multitude of events and characters that we're never jarred; Antonia and Bas make a winning alternative-community grandma and grandpa.
October 4, 2016
I didn't much take to this humorless, Oscar-winning 1995 feminist fable.
October 4, 2016
Beautiful, tender, hearty and poetic.
October 4, 2016
Antonia's Line is a Dutch treat that unfolds like a generous novel, surrounding you with its indelible sense of time, place and character.
February 6, 2009
In the title role, Van Ammelrooy provides a strong center to the rambling story, both feminine and authoritative.
May 8, 2007
Antonia's Line is a masterpiece. I say that even though I found the first 10 minutes ho-hum. By the time the movie was half over, I was hoping it would never end.
June 24, 2006
A vibrant saga, from the firebrand writer/director of A Question of Silence, combining feminist rigour with an involving dynastic narrative.
June 5, 2002
Slow-moving, goofy and goodhearted.
January 1, 2000
Gorris has fashioned a rare and wonderful world capable of provoking both laughter and tears -- sometimes at the same time.
January 1, 2000
Even if [Gorris] is too optimistic, I am glad her movie made me feel hopeful and cheerful.
January 1, 2000
Pleasant, if too-precious.
January 1, 2000
Odd feminist fun.
January 1, 2000
With the tone of a fable and the lulling bucolic look of a pastoral fantasy, it tells of one strong woman and her talented descendants, all blessed with self-sufficiency and remarkably little need for men in their lives.
January 1, 2000
Antonia is obviously our point person here, but she's such a sour pickle that you never get to ease into her story.
January 1, 2000
It's an ambitious project, this telling of a whole life as well as its consequences, and Gorris manages to pull it off.
January 1, 2000
This is the rare film that does actually succeed in suggesting the experience of a lifetime.
September 12, 1995
Antonia's Line lopes along, sometimes with sloppy sentimentality. But van Ammelrooy gives a big, openhearted performance; she deserves to be a movie star.